This is the blog of Paul Gilbert the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. This blog focuses on news related to NVRPA some of the themes covered include: energy conservation, reducing carbon footprint, strategic planning, organizational culture, living history, reenactments, natural interpretation, waterparks, pools, golf courses, nature centers, boating, camping, hiking, cycling, and much more.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
See George Washington Live...Almost
This Saturday, February 12th, from noon until 4:00 p.m. you are invited to Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria (on Fairfax Street, across from City Hall) for an amazing historical re-enactment. Colonel George Washington and his family will be visiting the Carlyles for the day.
The year is 1760, when the real Washington Family spent the day with the real Carlyle family. While we do not have a time machine like Jules Verne or Dr. Who, the re-enactment is the next best thing.
All over the house you will encounter men, women and children all doing what they would have been doing on that day in 1760. Virginia is still a colony of England, slaves and indentured servants are still a big part of society. While some things have changed, others are the same. People still gossip, talk politics, and try to impress their neighbors and friends.
Usually 400-500 people come through the Washington Comes to Carlyle House re-enactment each year. It is a fantastic experience where people young and old can learn and be entertained at the same time. Enjoy all the fun of Old Town Alexandria for the day and make this annual re-enactment a new tradition for you.