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Special Access Tour of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House and Attics and Alleys Tours 

Murray-Dick-Fawcett House (Photo courtesy of Vernacular Architecture Forum)

City of Alexandria Celebrates Preservation Month

The City of Alexandria has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, from the creation of the country’s third oldest historic district in 1946 to the start of Alexandria Archaeology in 1961.

May is Preservation Month, a time when communities across the country celebrate historic preservation locally.  The City is hosting a series of events to highlight Alexandria’s historic preservation initiatives whether you want to hear experts on a panel, learn about hands-on preservation practices, tour a site or have a drink with other preservationists.  For more details and a list of other Historic Preservation Month Events, please visit

Special Access Tour of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House and Happy Hour
Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
517 Prince St.
Fee: $10 donation requested, cash bar
Enjoy touring this 18th-century house, recently purchased and now owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.  After the tour, stop by a happy hour in the garden to catch up with other preservationists.

Advance registration recommended at

Attics and Alleys Tours
Every Saturday in May
What mysteries lie in the attics of the city’s historic sites? Ever wonder what is behind that brick wall? In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall, and the Apothecary Museum. Tour highlights include historic graffiti, hidden architectural fragments, and alleys that connect the city.

Tour begins promptly at 9am at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco Street; tour ends at Carlyle House by the Market Square parking garage around 11:30 a.m.
This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested.

Held rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased at No tickets will be sold at the door. All Sales are Final.

This series of events is sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria, Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning, and Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.  Collaboration partners for Preservation Month include: The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Alexandria Library Special Collections, Alexandria Association, Alexandria Historical Society, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Alexandria Archaeological Commission, the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission, the Boards of Architectural Review, and Historic Alexandria Resources Commission.

Please check for event information and to register, as some events have limited numbers and fees vary.  For more information, visit

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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