Want to Tour the Oldest Home in Alexandria May 2?

Rare opportunity to tour the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House at 517 Prince Street to kick off Historic Preservation Month!

517 Prince Street, Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, Alexandria, Virginia, 1772; shed added 1784

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House at 517 Prince Street to kick off Historic Preservation Month in Alexandria. The 0.3-acre lot, which contains the 244-year-old timber frame and brick dwelling, and a small garden, was one of the few buildings in existence in the area during the American Revolution. The house has been recognized by local historians as a “fascinating microcosm of the complete single-family dwelling, containing in addition to the usual living, dining and bedrooms a kitchen, a necessary, rooms for slaves or servants and storage rooms, all under one roof.” The City of Alexandria acquired the property in 2017.

The Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, 517 Prince St.

5-7 p.m.

$10 per person donation. Cash Bar

After the tour, enjoy a drink in the garden, catch up with other preservationists, and listen to traditional music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and harmonica by Bill Mansfield and Chris Romaine. Mansfield & Romaine have been performing for square dances & concerts, as part the Potomac Revelers, for the past 5 years.

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, and 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.

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Month is a time for communities across the country to celebrate preservation. Events are held to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the economic benefits of historic preservation.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact jim.holloway@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4994.