It's 1838, just after Christmas, the Potomac River was frozen solid, and William Coates sat down to pen a letter to...Read More
Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon, Potomac River, George Mason, Christ Church, Gadsby's Tavern, George Washington Masonic Memorial, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Carlyle House, Alexandria Academy, Washington Street, Hunting Towers, Bridgeyard, Hunting Creek, Old Club Restaurant, Gunston Hall, Broomilaw Point, Ramsey House, Pohick Church
For 40 years, the Old Club Restaurant operated at 555 S. Washington St. at the corner of Gibbon Street. It is...Read More
Let me start by saying there is nothing particularly memorable about this 1841 letter.
Charlotte, of Alexandria,...Read More
The 1951 brochure below reads, "At Hunting Towers you no longer have to go far to 'get away from it all.' The quiet...Read More
Until recently, Collingwood, one of the three Potomac River mansions occupied by the Snowden brothers, existed in...Read More
Civil War, Battery Rogers, Vowell-Smith house, Potomac River, George Mason Hotel, George Washington Masonic Memorial, Carlyle House, Gibson & Timberman, L'Ouverture Hospital, Waterfront Dining, Beachcombers Restaurant, Mansion House
There have been more than 6,000 visits to the OurHistoryMuseum blog since we launched it in December. Collectively,...Read More
Civil War, George Washington, Fairfax Street, Potomac River, Native Americans, Torpedo Factory, Post Card, Carlyle House, John Carlyle, General Edward Braddock, Mercy Street, Mansion House, James Green, French & Indian War, Fort Duquesne, Sally Fairfax, Cameron Street
From the French and Indian War to the American Revolution to the Civil War and in modern times, Carlyle House has...Read More
Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon, Photograph, Potomac River, Prince Street, Post Card, Steamer Macalester, Waterfront Dining, Old Dominion Boat Club, The Strand, Beachcombers Restaurant, Alexandria Motor Boat Club
It's been 68 years since there was waterfront dining on the Potomac River in Alexandria. Given this opening, I...Read More
World War I brought shipbuilding to Alexandria, Virginia, in the form of the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation. It...Read More
OurHistoryMuseum is a crowdsourced and virtual history museum that anyone can contribute to. We are prototyping with our hometown first — Alexandria, Virginia. The app will be available nationally in summer 2021. In the meantime, sign up for our blog or follow OHM on social media (both below) to keep updated.
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Our mission is to save history — it's preservation via digitization. We hope to capture images of old postcards, transcribe old letters, and make all photographs available for browsing. Our entire museum is virtual. Our app will be available for download sometime in the summer of 2021. We are producing a prototype, and our first test market will be Alexandria Virginia, our hometown. But this is just a start.