5 Hamilton Experiences in Alexandria, VA March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

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5 Hamilton Experiences in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria Celebrates “Hamilton’s” Run at The Kennedy Center in D.C. with

Special Programming at Historic Sites in George Washington’s Hometown

Alexandria, VA—As “Hamilton” hysteria spreads to Washington, D.C. in anticipation of the show’s run at The Kennedy Center June 12 to September 16, 2018, Alexandria is proud to announce special programming at historic sites “Hamilton” fans won’t want to miss in the city recently named the #1 Best U.S. Travel Destination for 2018 by MONEY magazine. Founded in 1749, Alexandria, Virginia is filled with Colonial history as well as new experiences visitors can enjoy at historic sites tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown.

While local historians do not believe Alexander Hamilton visited Alexandria, many of his friends and “frenemies” did. Fans of the musical can learn about the politics of the day with special Hamilton-themed tours at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum where Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison and Burr partied and made history. Discover how accurate the musical’s portrayal of Washington and Hamilton’s relationship is during a special lecture at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Picture yourself center stage during an evening at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum where you can try on American Revolutionary War uniforms like the ones seen in “Hamilton” and snap sharable photos. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, put yourself in the General’s shoes through “Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead,” a new first-person interactive experience that has introductions to the various scenarios by Chris Jackson, the actor who played Washington in “Hamilton,” plus Alexander Hamilton is represented in the experience as an advisor. Alexandria also has another special connection to the Broadway hit—“Hamilton” director Thomas Kail grew up in Alexandria. Keep reading to learn about Alexandria’s “Hamilton” programming and to download related high-res photos.

Special Programming at Historic Sites:

Lecture: Right Hand Man? Alexander Hamilton’s Relationship With George Washington: The Musical vs. the Reality
May 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for Society members and volunteers

Professor Peter Henriques contends the collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton was the most important in the founding of our nation. His lecture will address the nature of their relationship, what caused Hamilton to resign from Washington's staff during the war and how Washington responded. He will also answer this burning question: How accurate is the portrayal of their relationship in the musical, “Hamilton”?

Telling Their Story: Hamilton BFF & Frenemies
Every Saturday June 2, 2018 through Labor Day Weekend at 10 a.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for Society members and volunteers

Hamilton’s world emerges through the rooms of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Hear about Hamilton's "BFF's and Frenemies" who all came to the tavern—Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison and Burr—alongside stories from enslaved men and women working at the tavern, like Candas and Moses. Grapple with the realities of early America and how these stories intertwined to start a new nation.

Til the World Turned Upside Down – Uniforms of the American Revolutionary War
June 21, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
Admission: $20 per person

In honor of “Hamilton” premiering in Washington, D.C., join us at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum on Thursday, June 21 for an evening exploring the uniforms from the different nationalities that converged on Yorktown in 1781. Chris Daley, historical clothing manager for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will give you the opportunity to try on and compare uniform coats of the French, German and American armies, and coats worn by African Americans serving with the British army. Each coat has been carefully researched and painstakingly reproduced in several sizes to help bring the Siege of Yorktown to life. Bring a camera and take photos of yourself and family members in the uniforms of the Revolutionary War.

On October 14, 1781, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton, commander of a light infantry division under General Marquis de Lafayette, led a successful assault of Redoubt 10 at the flank of the British defensive line. Five days later, the British surrendered in what was to be the last major battle of the American Revolution. Hamilton fought with and against soldiers from America, France, England, and Germany and the siege provided a snapshot of the great scope of what was in many ways a world war. This event includes a reception with beer, wine, and light refreshments. The reception begins at 7 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at by calling 703-746-4994. 

18th Century Gaming Night  
July 27, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
Admission: $10 per person

Play games 18th-century style games popular during Hamilton’s day on July 27! Enjoy Shut the Box, Fox and Geese, Dice, and a special Cards Against Humanity: Tavern Edition from 7-9 p.m. Also hear stories of our young nation and see the room(s) where it happened! Cash bar with wine, beer, and specialty cocktail will be available. Cost is $10 cover per person. As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents, including George Washington, and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. 

“Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead”
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Admission: Interactive experience included with regular admission

“Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead” is a new first-person interactive experience that puts you in the shoes of the first president and commander and chief. Discover key moments in Washington’s life and see how you stack up to the decisions Washington made as the events of the Revolutionary War and presidency come alive on a massive 6K-resolution screen. Chris Jackson, the actor who played George Washington in the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” will introduce each of the scenarios onscreen and will later describe the course of action that General or President Washington took. The experience, which is generously sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, is included in admission.

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About Alexandria, VA:
Named the #1 Best U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by MONEY, a Top Romantic City and a Top Dog Friendly City, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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