Did a New York Bartender Survive The Civil War and Then Desert?

Constant Austin was a slight man. I imagine that his unique name once made him popular as a bartender in New York...

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The Alexandria Slave Pen: From Misery to Museum

Hidden away in plain sight in Alexandria, Virginia, sits one of the most historically significant buildings in...

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Putting a Date on a Handful of Mount Vernon Artifacts

In recent weeks I have been posting a number of items associated with George Washington's Mount Vernon. It's a place...

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Did George Washington Chop Down a Cherry Tree and Confess?

You've heard the story before, right? Allegedly, George Washington received a hatchet as a birthday gift, and he...

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The Anchorage: From Girl's School to War Hospital to Inn to Condos

The condominium building at 603 Queen St. in Alexandria, Virginia, has an interesting and varied history. This...

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The Alexandria Hook & Ladder of 1909 Looks Very Different Than Today

The Alexandria Fire Department traces its roots back to 1774 when George Washington helped found the fire department...

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President John Adams Visits Alexandria and Offers A Surprising Toast

It was June 1800, and the country was still very much in mourning after George Washington's death six months before....

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Private John M. Lovejoy Writes to His Cousin… AND Future Wife in 1864

As the Civil War churned on, in 1864, Private John M. Lovejoy stopped briefly in Alexandria to write a letter to his...

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