Historical Events

Sunday, August 22,  1 p.m. to  3 p.m.

Silhouette artist Anne Leslie will trace the history of this early form of portraiture and tell us how she mastered the highly skilled and now rare art form. Ms. Leslie will demonstrate her own freehand cutting, transforming a piece of black paper into an exact likeness of a subject’s profile. $27  

Historic Green Spring programs are by reservation only (703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988) and require a non-refundable prepayment.

Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22312

Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherry Hill Farm, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free. Experience the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, civilians and African Americans in this all day reenactment that includes firing and drilling exercises, spy stories, a bus tour of local historic sites and Georgia Meadows’ extensive mid-19th century mourning collection. Call 703-248-5171 for more information.

Learn about Civil War soldiers and spies, make hard tack and try decoding spy messages. Ages 8 and up. Cherry Hill Farmhouse in Falls Church. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee:$8. Call 703-248-5171.

August 14, 2010.  Step back into the time of Jane Austen at an 18th century ball at historic Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.gadsbystavern.org.

Saturday, February 13. Tours at 5, 6, & 7 pm. $8 per person, $15 per couple.
Treat your sweetheart to a candlelight tour highlighting famous couples who lived at or visited Marietta. Program includes a complimentary glass of champagne or punch and delectable desserts. No reservations necessary. Call Marietta House Museum at 301-464-5291 for more information.

Saturday, March 6. Noon – 4 pm.
Civil War reenactors demonstrate military drills, weaponry, and tacticals on the grounds of Marietta House Museum. Free admission to the demonstration. No reservations necessary. Tours of the Museum are available for $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students. Call 301-464-5291 for more information.

Saturday, March 20 from 7 to 9 pm. $55 for residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties, $65 for non-residents.
Be our guest as we recreate the atmosphere and flavor of a mid-18th century tavern dinner at Darnall’s Chance House Museum. Enjoy authentic 18th-century food and ale. Following dinner, listen to Ship’s Company sing sea chanties and tavern songs of the period. Reservations and payment required in advance. Call 301-952-8010 for more information.

Saturday, March 27. 1 pm. $22 per person.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a special tea featuring the favorite dishes of First Ladies at Marietta House Museum. Special guests include First Ladies Martha Washington and Dolley Madison. Reservations and payment required in advance. Call 301-464-5291 for more information.

Saturday, April 17 & Sunday, April 18. 11 am – 4 pm. $5 per person.
Spend the day at a living history encampment on the grounds of Marietta House Museum and interact with reenactors from Bronze Age Celts through the Vietnam War. Visitors will experience camp and domestic life, military drills, period merchants, crafts, food, and more. Children can participate in NEW hands-on activities. No reservations necessary. Call 301-464-5291 for more information.

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40, Space limited, reservations required.

Gear up for the Thanksgiving season by learning the skills of open hearth cooking.  Join an experienced open hearth cooking historian to learn basic skills of historic cooking.  You will learn how to build a fire, prepare and cook three different dishes.  End the program by enjoying a taste of the food you cooked.  Class will take place in the recently restored ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.