French Tall Ship Hermione to Visit Alexandria In Reenactment of Historic Voyage April 15, 2015



French Tall Ship Hermione to Visit Alexandria
In Reenactment of Historic Voyage

Alexandria Celebrates 3-Day Visit with 10 Days of French-Themed Events

Alexandria, VA - This summer, visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, can explore an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington with news of full French aid in 1780, helping turn the tide of the American Revolution. French tall ship Hermione will sail 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from France to the U.S. to commemorate Lafayette's historic voyage before docking in Alexandria, the ship's Washington, D.C. port of call and one of 12 iconic stops on its tour.

On June 10, 11 and 12, Alexandria will host free public tours of Hermione, while celebrating Alexandria's French connections for 10 days, June 5 to 14, with special lectures, an historic ball at Gadsby's Tavern, and special French offerings from Alexandria restaurants. From June 10 to 12, in addition to sailor-guided tours of the boat itself, visitors can take part in pier-side activities including historic shipbuilding demonstrations, costumed characters and a traveling exhibition that tells the story of L'Hermione, its reconstruction, and Lafayette's role in the American Revolution. From June 5 to 14, Alexandria's historic sites will interpret Lafayette's role in the American Revolution as well as his return trip to Alexandria in 1824. Restaurants with special French menus and offers include La Bergerie, Del Ray Café, La Madeleine, Bastille, Delia's, Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant and Union Street Public House. La Bergerie and La Madeleine are sponsors of the first day's festivities.

In May, leading up to the June visit, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee presents a Lafayette lecture at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on Thursday, May 14, and a special ‘Lafayette in Alexandria' Day will take place on Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring free open houses at nine Alexandria museums and a 1 p.m. kick-off at Market Square with the launch of the web-based game Tides of Revolution: The Hermione Game.


WHAT: French Tall Ship Hermione Visits Alexandria

LISTING: Tour Hermione, an exact replica of the 18th century wooden tall ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington in 1780 with full French aid, turning the tide of the American Revolution. Explore this three-masted, 177-foot-long ship and enjoy rope and sail-making demonstrations by the crew, stroll through waterfront exhibits with living history characters and enjoy related events and French dining in Alexandria.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, June 12 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Final boarding begins at 3:30 p.m.
Dockside exhibits until 7 p.m.

WHERE: Alexandria City Marina
0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

TICKETS: Free timed tour tickets are required. Tickets are available online at and a limited number will be distributed at the dock.



Lecture: The Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette, the Revolutionary War, and the French Revolution
May 14, 2015
7 p.m.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314
$5 donation

In celebration of the tall ship Hermione's upcoming visit to Alexandria, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee presents a lecture by Marc Leepson, author of "Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General." A book signing with wine and dessert reception will follow.

‘Lafayette in Alexandria' Day with Museum Open Houses
May 31, 2015
Old Town Alexandria
1-5 p.m.

Before the French tall ship Hermione arrives in Alexandria, start off the celebration with free tours and Lafayette himself! The day of adventure begins on Market Square at 1 p.m. with the launch of Tides of Revolution: The Hermione Game, a virtual, web-based game providing a first-person experience of fun! Then head out to tour the Alexandria museums open for free:
• Carlyle House Historic Park
• Gadsby's Tavern Museum
• Old Presbyterian Meeting House
• Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
• Alexandria Archaeology Museum
• The Lyceum, Alexandria History Museum
• Friendship Firehouse Museum
• Alexandria Black History Museum
• Lee-Fendall House Museum

A complimentary shuttle will be available to transport visitors to The Lyceum, Alexandria Black History Museum, and Lee-Fendall House Museum. Lafayette will be visiting with guests to Alexandria throughout the day.

‘Lafayette in Alexandria' Exhibit at Alexandria Archaeology Museum
May 31-June 14, 2015
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, to view an exhibition that features archaeological materials from the Marquis de Lafayette's return trip to Alexandria in October 1824 as "Our Nation's Guest." As part of Lafayette's visit to America, commemorative decorative wares such as portraits, ribbons, and ceramic cups and plates were created and sold in many of the cities along the his route. The objects featured here represent items from Alexandrians wishing to celebrate Lafayette and his contributions to the cause of liberty.

Lafayette Guided Tours
June 1-30, 2015
Offered daily by appointment
Alexandria and Northern Virginia locations

In celebration of Lafayette's return tour to the United States in 1824, you can visit the locations that the Marquis did in Northern Virginia that summer. The Lafayette Tour includes admission, transportation, and an expert guide for groups up to five persons to Mount Vernon, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and the Lee Mansion at Arlington. On June 10-12, 2015, tour participants can visit the tall ship Hermione in Alexandria's harbor.

Lafayette Ball at Gadsby's Tavern Museum
June 13, 2015
8-11 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
$45; Reservations required

Dance the night away as the Hermione heads to its next stop in Baltimore and celebrate our Revolutionary War victory! This revolutionary-era period ball will feature a variety of English country dances, live music, and seasonal desserts. Period costume optional, "after-five" attire encouraged.

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington's hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle-a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation's capital.

Connect with us!
Hashtag #ExtraordinaryALX