Shield’s Folly: A Tavern and Bathhouse in Old Town Alexandria

Friends of Fairfax Archaeology (FOFA) and Cultural Resources Fall Meeting

James Lee Community Center Auditorium, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church

Garrett Fesler will discuss a recent archaeological investigation of a well feature in the basement of a local historic building.  The artifacts recovered tell the story of an effort in the early 19th century to operate the property as a tavern and bathhouse.  Unfortunately, the times (the War of 1812 complicated life in Alexandria), and the inability to convince the good citizens of Alexandria that a warm bath was worth 50 cents, doomed Shield’s effort at increasing local hygiene.

Light refreshments will be provided before the presentation, followed by a brief FOFA meeting to highlight its recent activities, preview what is currently active in Fairfax County Archaeology, and to discuss FOFA’s plans for future events and symposia.