Once you arrive in Alexandria, VA, your first stop will be the Carlyle House. Built is 1753, the house was built by a British merchant for his lovely bride. Take a tour of this pre-revolutionary Palladian-style stone house then look out for PBS’s newest drama Mercy Street which takes place at the Carlyle House!
Your journey continues with a delectable lunch at Gadsbys Tavern, where George Washington would meet with the founding fathers and his masonic lodge brothers. After lunch, head over to the Gadbys Museum where the tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations and frequented by the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and more prominent figures.
After lunch, hit the road to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to learn about Mount Vernon’s rich history and how acquiring the land and keeping it together sparked the creation of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
Continue on to see Woodlawn, a plantation that was once part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon but gifted to George Washington’s nephew and Martha’s Granddaughter before they wed. The estate was designed by the architect of the U.S. Capitol.
Make Occoquan, VA your dinner stop today, less than one mile from Interstate 95. Larger groups may take advantage of the popular Dine-Around Program for an on-your-own meal. Guests will receive a map listing all the restaurants in town, most of which offer a discount on food and drinks.
Later, meet the former Mayor of Occoquan, Earnie Porta, for a guided tour through the historic district. A noted author, historian and entrepreneur, Mr. Porta will share stories and facts of the town’s rich history as a bustling port and mill town as it developed throughout the 1800’s.
Begin your morning by visiting Rippon Lodge, a former plantation known for tobacco, wheat and other commodities. Built in 1740’s and the oldest known home in Prince William County, the property overlooks the Potomac River and is close to the former bustling port town of Dumfries.
The last stop on today’s tour is Ben Lomond Historic Site, a plantation turned field hospital during the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run. The plantation was owned by a descendant of the very powerful Carter family and was leased to the Pringle family during the Civil War.
Last Updated: 11/28/2018