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Old Town Alexandria News

Photo essay: Step back in time at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Special

Alexandria - The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is a historical business in Alexandria, Va. There are many terrific tours to take in the Old Town section of the city, and the apothecary is a great option.

Photo essay: A walk through history in Old Town Alexandria Special

Alexandria - The City of Alexandria is deeply rooted in early American history. Throughout the Old Town section of Alexandria, many historical structures remain. When visiting the city and its landmarks, it is like stepping back in time.

Op-Ed: Photo essay ─ Old Town Alexandria is dressed up for the holidays Special

Alexandria - Alexandria, Va. is all dressed up for the holiday season. Walking through Old Town, visitors can see various festive decorations throughout this section of the city.

Photo essay: 'A Soldier's Christmas' at Carlyle House Special

Alexandria - Alexandria, one of the earliest cities in Colonial America, is rich in history. There are many original landmarks in the city, one of which is Carlyle House. On Dec. 1, Carlyle House held a living history event, "A Soldier's Christmas".

Old Town Alexandria kicks off the holiday season, Santa arrives Special

Alexandria - The day after Thanksgiving some people run off to the stores in hopes of snagging some good Black Friday deals, however others look ahead to Christmas festivities.
 

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Annual parade during the Scottish Christmas Walk weekend
Annual parade during the Scottish Christmas Walk weekend
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The ballroom at Gadsby s. This is the location where George Washington s birthday party was given in...
The ballroom at Gadsby's. This is the location where George Washington's birthday party was given in 1798 and 1799 (the year he died). Today the museum continues the tradition and celebrates Washington's birthday each year.
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This is the exterior of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. It was owned and operated continuo...
This is the exterior of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. It was owned and operated continuously by the same family for 141 years.
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Santa s Frosty s Follies performers wave to the crowd in Alexandria s Market Square
Santa's Frosty's Follies performers wave to the crowd in Alexandria's Market Square
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Men dressed up in traditional Scottish attire
Men dressed up in traditional Scottish attire
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Upstairs in the manufacturing room  the space looks remarkably untouched. Even various ingredients a...
Upstairs in the manufacturing room, the space looks remarkably untouched. Even various ingredients and supplies are still in drawers, as you can see in this image.
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The apothecary carried a wide range of products  eventually going wholesale. Listed items in its sto...
The apothecary carried a wide range of products, eventually going wholesale. Listed items in its stock included a variety of bloodletting devices, which were commonly used in earlier eras.
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The pews in Christ Church look much today like they did long ago when people  such as George Washing...
The pews in Christ Church look much today like they did long ago when people, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee, were members and attended services.
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Officers from the City of Alexandria  Va. walk in the parade
Officers from the City of Alexandria, Va. walk in the parade
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Marchers in the 42nd Annual Scottish Christmas Walk
Marchers in the 42nd Annual Scottish Christmas Walk
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A group of bagpipe players prepare to play their next song
A group of bagpipe players prepare to play their next song
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Santa s Frosty s Follies dancers
Santa's Frosty's Follies dancers
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Many different varieties of dogs were well represented in the parade. Here are a few all dressed up ...
Many different varieties of dogs were well represented in the parade. Here are a few all dressed up and ready to go.
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A selection of old glass baby bottles on display at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
A selection of old glass baby bottles on display at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
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This image was taken during a 2009 tour  this pew was the one Washington and his family occupied for...
This image was taken during a 2009 tour, this pew was the one Washington and his family occupied for Sunday services.
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Frosty s Follies performers smile towards the audience
Frosty's Follies performers smile towards the audience
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Santa appeared in the parade s finale. Mrs. Claus was in a separate car to the left
Santa appeared in the parade's finale. Mrs. Claus was in a separate car to the left
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Murphy s Irish pub is decorated in festive greens and sparkling lights.
Murphy's Irish pub is decorated in festive greens and sparkling lights.
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An image taken upstairs in the manufacturing room where products were made. You can see the Leadbeat...
An image taken upstairs in the manufacturing room where products were made. You can see the Leadbeater name on many of these items.
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Back in Colonial times Gadsby s Tavern was a location where many prominent people visited  ate  dran...
Back in Colonial times Gadsby's Tavern was a location where many prominent people visited, ate, drank, socialized, and attended meetings and performances. Washington was a patron as was John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Marquis de Lafayette and many other domestic and foreign dignitaries. Here, the museum has replicated the "main" tavern section.
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