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In late 1906, a group of Alexandria's business leaders came together with the idea of forming an organization to assure business standards, to work toward better business conditions and to serve as an active voice in framing public policies affecting the business community. That organization was called the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and pioneered a new form of business representation, advocacy

In late 1906, a group of Alexandria's business leaders came together with the idea of forming an organization to assure business standards, to work toward better business conditions and to serve as an active voice in framing public policies affecting the business community. That organization was called the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and pioneered a new form of business representation, advocacy

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Check out this great event series brought to you by Old Town Business Association Summer Sundays on the PierSpecial even...
07/23/2021
Tai Chi on the Robinson Landing Pier

Check out this great event series brought to you by Old Town Business Association

Summer Sundays on the Pier
Special event series: Tai Chi instruction by Jorge Bañales
Every Sunday in August at 8 AM & 9 AM
Enrollment is limited and registration required

Robinson Landing Pier
1 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314

More details here: https://www.robinsonlanding.com/taichi

Special event series: Tai Chi on the Robinson Landing pier every Sunday in August at 8 AM & 9 AM.

Photos from The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's post
07/22/2021

Photos from The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's post

Good Morning from Coffee & Connections! Thanks @running_brooke for the neurogenesis boost. See everyone at the next even...
07/22/2021

Good Morning from Coffee & Connections! Thanks @running_brooke for the neurogenesis boost. See everyone at the next event. #thechamberalx

Good Morning from Coffee & Connections! Thanks @running_brooke for the neurogenesis boost. See everyone at the next event. #thechamberalx

HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY Focus Data Solutions!! Focus Data Solutions Marks 20th Year in BusinessAlexandria, VA, Release: J...
07/19/2021
2021 MSP 501 Rankings: Download the Complete List

HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY Focus Data Solutions!!

Focus Data Solutions Marks 20th Year in Business
Alexandria, VA, Release: July 15, 2021.

Focus Data Solutions announced its 20th anniversary as an Alexandria, VA based IT firm specializing in IT support and managed services for law firms, trade associations and professional service organizations.

“This anniversary is a huge milestone. Focus Data Solutions started as a two-person company in our basement. We made a commitment to provide the best IT support and service for our clients while building a company that recognizes and respects our staff’s family lives and personal goals,” said Elizabeth Chisman Moon, CEO. “We’ve grown to a team of 18, in our own office building, with clients across the DC Metro area. Page and I are very proud that the core ideals we set remain central to our culture,” said Moon.

Focus Data Solutions was launched July 23, 2001. The company quickly evolved into a full-service IT network management firm, emphasizing the strengths of its co-founder and CIO, Page Moon. Working together as a husband-and-wife team, Page and Elizabeth led the firm to the managed services (MSP) arena. Services expanded to provide area companies with professional, reliable network management and cybersecurity services delivered by a top-notch team of IT solutions specialists and engineers.

Over the last 20 years, Focus Data Solutions has been successful by adapting to the constant changes in the IT industry and specifically the cybersecurity field. Focus Data Solutions’ team monitors and implements the industry’s best practices in computer network management, security, and help desk support to ensure each client’s success.

Focus Data Solutions has positioned itself as a leader in the MSP industry. The team has been recognized four times with the Channel Future MSP501 award, which is presented to the most elite managed service firms in the world.
(https://www.channelfutures.com/msp-501/2021-msp-501-rankings-download-the-complete-list?code=press-release)

Locally, the firm was awarded the 2020 Best in Business-Medium Sized firm by the ChamberALX. https://www.focusdatasolutions.com/chamberalx-names-focus-data-solutions-medium-business-of-the-year/)

“Our success comes from our team’s determination to provide the IT solution that fits the client and their needs,” said Page Moon. “We reached this milestone because of their level of professionalism and dedication,” said Moon.

For more information about Focus Data Solutions and their 20th anniversary, please visit: https://www.focusdatasolutions.com and https://www.focusdatasolutions.com/celebrating-twenty-years-and-counting/

Contact info: Elizabeth Chisman Moon, CEO Focus Data Solutions 1020 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (p) 703-836-0080
Email: [email protected]s.com

The MSP 501 is the world’s first, largest and most comprehensive survey and ranking list in the IT channel. Here is the complete list of the 2021 winners.

07/16/2021
2021 40 Under 40 Award Honoree Video

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 40 Under 40 Awards IN PERSON! Be sure to check out this spotlight as our honorees share their optimism coming out of the pandemic. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Beyer Subaru! Special thanks to The Patterson Group, McLaughlin Ryder, & National Industries for the Blind for their sponsorship of last night's event at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection. Also thank you to The George of Old Town, the backdrop of these beautiful interviews!

200 smiling faces at an event! 😀Thrilled to gather to celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 honorees! Thank you to @beyersubaru...
07/16/2021

200 smiling faces at an event! 😀Thrilled to gather to celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 honorees! Thank you to @beyersubaru, @pattersonrealestategroup, McLaughlin Ryder, @natindblind and our many sponsors. We had a great time at @thealexandrianhotel and enjoying the gif booth with @boothorama! #thechamberalx

📸: Kip Radt of @jasondixsonphoto

Check out these Time Management Strategy sessions from DeVry University this month!
07/15/2021

Check out these Time Management Strategy sessions from DeVry University this month!

Do you know about the Dementia Friendly Alexandria initiative? Check out the below photo and reach out to Goodwin House ...
07/13/2021

Do you know about the Dementia Friendly Alexandria initiative? Check out the below photo and reach out to Goodwin House Inc. for more information!

Do you know about the Dementia Friendly Alexandria initiative? Check out the below photo and reach out to Goodwin House Inc. for more information!

Congratulations to Envision Consulting LLC on their selection as not only a globally ranked Top Managed Service Provider...
07/08/2021

Congratulations to Envision Consulting LLC on their selection as not only a globally ranked Top Managed Service Provider, but the highest ranked Managed Service Provider in the DC Metro Area!

Congratulations to Envision Consulting LLC on their selection as not only a globally ranked Top Managed Service Provider, but the highest ranked Managed Service Provider in the DC Metro Area!

Thank you to The Patterson Group for their support of our 40 Under 40 Awards coming up next week! The Patterson Group is...
07/07/2021

Thank you to The Patterson Group for their support of our 40 Under 40 Awards coming up next week!

The Patterson Group is one of the most trusted residential real estate teams in Northern Virginia, providing 30 years’ experience and lifetimes of local knowledge. Nationally recognized as one of the top-producing real estate teams in the country. The Patterson Group presents a luxury real estate experience at every price point, offering integrity, loyalty, discretion, professionalism, and a quick response time, as well as local contacts and a team of seasoned professionals ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs.

Thank you to The Patterson Group for their support of our 40 Under 40 Awards coming up next week!

The Patterson Group is one of the most trusted residential real estate teams in Northern Virginia, providing 30 years’ experience and lifetimes of local knowledge. Nationally recognized as one of the top-producing real estate teams in the country. The Patterson Group presents a luxury real estate experience at every price point, offering integrity, loyalty, discretion, professionalism, and a quick response time, as well as local contacts and a team of seasoned professionals ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last week's 2021 Valor Awards, presented by Inova Alexandria Hospital. We gathere...
06/30/2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last week's 2021 Valor Awards, presented by Inova Alexandria Hospital. We gathered at the new and beautiful American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)'s headquarters in Potomac Yard for this year's event. This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: Inova Alexandria Hospital, Greenhill Realty, Dominion Energy, Transurban, Alexandria Police Foundation, AT&T, Everly-Wheatley Funerals and Cremation, Redmon Peyton Braswell, Alteon Health, Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group, OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, John Marshall Bank, and Simpson Developments.

Photos by Jason Dixson Photography

Presented by Inova Alexandria Hospital

Photography by Jason Dixson Photography

Photos from The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's post
06/30/2021

Photos from The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's post

Have you met honoree Miguel Blancas of AlexandriaVA.gov? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class...
06/26/2021

Have you met honoree Miguel Blancas of AlexandriaVA.gov? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Miguel was born and raised in central Mexico. He moved to the U.S. in 2013 after meeting his now wife studying abroad. As a career criminologist, he works to reduce delinquent behavior through acculturation presentations in the school system. Miguel has been designated as Best Professor at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla and received a merit award from the City of Alexandria. He currently serves as the Documentation Leader of the Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to COVID19, and as a Deputy Project Manager for the Department of Project Implementation and the Crime and Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Court Service Unit. Miguel has a bachelor’s degree from Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and is pursuing his masters at the University of Birmingham, UK.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Miguel Blancas of AlexandriaVA.gov? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Miguel was born and raised in central Mexico. He moved to the U.S. in 2013 after meeting his now wife studying abroad. As a career criminologist, he works to reduce delinquent behavior through acculturation presentations in the school system. Miguel has been designated as Best Professor at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla and received a merit award from the City of Alexandria. He currently serves as the Documentation Leader of the Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to COVID19, and as a Deputy Project Manager for the Department of Project Implementation and the Crime and Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Court Service Unit. Miguel has a bachelor’s degree from Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and is pursuing his masters at the University of Birmingham, UK.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Rachel Baer? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.Rachel’s practice, loc...
06/25/2021

Have you met honoree Rachel Baer? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Rachel’s practice, located in Old Town, focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation, and guardianship and conservatorship. Raised in San Diego, CA, she moved to Virginia to attend university. After graduating law school, Rachel served as Virginia Assistant Attorney General in the Health Services section for two years. She volunteers with the Alexandria Bar Association’s Senior Law Day and served on the Board for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Rachel lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Rachel Baer? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Rachel’s practice, located in Old Town, focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation, and guardianship and conservatorship. Raised in San Diego, CA, she moved to Virginia to attend university. After graduating law school, Rachel served as Virginia Assistant Attorney General in the Health Services section for two years. She volunteers with the Alexandria Bar Association’s Senior Law Day and served on the Board for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Rachel lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Morgan Babcock? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.Morgan Babcock is t...
06/23/2021

Have you met honoree Morgan Babcock? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Morgan Babcock is the Manager and TMP Coordinator for the Carlyle Council, an organization representing property owners in the Carlyle Community of Alexandria. She organizes community events for the Carlyle Vitality Initiative including Bike to Work Day, PTO’s Community Day & Green Fair, and National Parking Day. She is an active member of Visit Alexandria VA, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Alexandria Small Business Development Center, ATV Stakeholder for DASH, SAG member of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, and Board Member of the Eisenhower Partnership. She is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA where she earned her B.A. in Business Management, a minor in Social Work and an Elementary Education Certification.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Morgan Babcock? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Morgan Babcock is the Manager and TMP Coordinator for the Carlyle Council, an organization representing property owners in the Carlyle Community of Alexandria. She organizes community events for the Carlyle Vitality Initiative including Bike to Work Day, PTO’s Community Day & Green Fair, and National Parking Day. She is an active member of Visit Alexandria VA, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Alexandria Small Business Development Center, ATV Stakeholder for DASH, SAG member of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, and Board Member of the Eisenhower Partnership. She is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA where she earned her B.A. in Business Management, a minor in Social Work and an Elementary Education Certification.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Jackie Barbarito of Goodwin House Inc.? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 c...
06/21/2021

Have you met honoree Jackie Barbarito of Goodwin House Inc.? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

In her role as Assisted Living Administrator, Jackie provides leadership, management, and overall regulatory compliance responsibility of assisted living and memory support household. For her, advocating for and serving older adults is her passion. She chairs the Dementia Advance Team, which was recognized in 2020 by LeadingAge Virginia with the Dementia Championship of the Year Award and volunteers for Meals on Wheels with Senior Services of Alexandria. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from the George Washington University, where she is also an adjunct professor.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Jackie Barbarito of Goodwin House Inc.? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

In her role as Assisted Living Administrator, Jackie provides leadership, management, and overall regulatory compliance responsibility of assisted living and memory support household. For her, advocating for and serving older adults is her passion. She chairs the Dementia Advance Team, which was recognized in 2020 by LeadingAge Virginia with the Dementia Championship of the Year Award and volunteers for Meals on Wheels with Senior Services of Alexandria. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from the George Washington University, where she is also an adjunct professor.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Christina Calloway Baucom? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.Christin...
06/20/2021

Have you met honoree Christina Calloway Baucom? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Christina is an attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is secretary of the Board of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum and was recently appointed to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. She is a 2019 graduate of Alexandria’s City Academy. She frequently speaks and/or volunteers with such organizations as the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church and Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network in educating small business owners and creatives about their intellectual property. She is also the digital content creator of sharpandsound.com which focuses on local lifestyle and style inspiration.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Christina Calloway Baucom? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Christina is an attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is secretary of the Board of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum and was recently appointed to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. She is a 2019 graduate of Alexandria’s City Academy. She frequently speaks and/or volunteers with such organizations as the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church and Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network in educating small business owners and creatives about their intellectual property. She is also the digital content creator of sharpandsound.com which focuses on local lifestyle and style inspiration.

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

Have you met honoree Alycia Burant? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.Alycia is a Licensed...
06/17/2021

Have you met honoree Alycia Burant? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Alycia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over twelve years of experience providing direct patient care to adults, adolescents, children, and families. She is an experienced independent business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry. She oversees 12 residents, 8 therapists, and 2 administrative assistants in serving over 6,000 children, teens, and adults in our area. Alycia received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, a Master’s in Community Counseling from the APA accredited Argosy University School of Professional Psychology and completed her Post Master’s Certification in School Counseling at the University of South Florida.

Healthy Minds Therapy

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Have you met honoree Alycia Burant? Join us on July 15th as we celebrate the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

Alycia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over twelve years of experience providing direct patient care to adults, adolescents, children, and families. She is an experienced independent business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry. She oversees 12 residents, 8 therapists, and 2 administrative assistants in serving over 6,000 children, teens, and adults in our area. Alycia received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, a Master’s in Community Counseling from the APA accredited Argosy University School of Professional Psychology and completed her Post Master’s Certification in School Counseling at the University of South Florida.

Healthy Minds Therapy

https://thechamberalx.com/event/40-40

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“Transforming the Lee Boyhood Home in Alexandria, Virginia into the Headquarters of an Interpretive Center and Urban Walking Trails on the Civil War” Various media sites reported at the end of March 2018 that the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, at 614 Orinoco Street, in Alexandria, Virginia, is being sold by its private owners. The sale of the historic home of the Civil War general, educator, and pre-war head of West Point presents a unique opportunity to make Old Town Alexandria an even greater center of American history than it already is, as the hometown of George Washington, the Lees, and many other important figures and events in U.S. history. We propose, and ask interested parties to support, the purchase of the Lee Home, and transforming it into the headquarters of a city, state, and/or federally designated Interpretive Center, along with Urban Walking Trails, on the Civil War. Such a headquarters, visitors center and related trails would be a perfect complement to, and spur to, the expansion of Old Town Alexandria’s already rich array of events, locales, and personalities relating to America’s greatest saga, the Civil War, which speaks to the proud heritage of all Americans. The Lee Home was in the past a museum, and is time to return it to its traditional, historic status. The abode was the boyhood home of Robert Edward Lee, the former superintendant of the Federal Army’s West Point military academy, and important staff officer during the Mexican-American War, then the Confederate commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, and after the war the President of what became Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, VA. Across the street from the well-maintained private residence and grounds is the Lee-Fendall House, built by businessman Philip Kendall, a Lee relation. During the Civil War the Union Army, after taking control of the town, turned the house into a hospital, where surgeons performed the first successful blood transfusion. (And outside of which a later owner, United Mine Workers leader John L. Lewis, was burned in effigy during World War II for staging labor strikes during that conflict.) Walking trails, along the lines of the self-guided Cultural Tourism walks in Washington, D.C., or Boston’s Freedom Trails, could be readily & fairly inexpensively constructed throughout Old Town. They would complement the historic markers the city has recently placed in Old Town, as well as the famed series of markers the state of Virginia has placed throughout the Commonwealth. There could be a multitude of trails, on different aspects of the war, such the Union Army, Confederate spies, African-American institutions, war-time medicine, and many other themes. The trails would be made up of attractive posters showing the trail map, explanatory text, and illustrations. Along with fostering interest in Alexandria’s history and scholarship on the war, the Center and trails would be a boon to the city’s economy by bolstering its growing tourism industry. -------------------- A brief outline of the historic places just on a major Old Town thoroughfare, Washington Street, just yards west of the Lee and Lee-Fendall homes, shows what a unique opportunity the area presents for exploring the Civil War. On the west side of Washington Street is the historic home of Edmund Lee, a backer of the American Colonization Society for free “men and women of color”, which led to the establishment of the African nation of Liberia. (Liberia’s capital city is Monrovia, named for one of the antebellum Presidents, James Monroe, who held inaugural festivities at Old Town’s Gadsby’s Tavern.) Within a block to the north is a vast, 1840s-era cotton mill (now condominiums), the perfect symbol of the antebellum South’s economy. Several blocks south on Washington St. is the stately Lloyd House. It became a schoolhouse for noted Quaker educator Benjamin Hallowell; one of his math students was the young Robert E. Lee, who went on to study engineering at West Point. Another prominent Alexandria Quaker family were the Janneys. John Janney ran the two state assemblies whereby Virginia decided against, and then for, seceding from the Union. (John Janney’s home is three blocks away.) Around the corner is the Kate Waller Barrett Library, where in 1939 a group of African-American men staged one of the first sit-down protests against “separate but equal” segregationism. Not far from where Mary Custis Lee--the elderly daughter of Robert E. Lee--had a similar, personal protest, in 1902, on one of the segregated trolley cars of the time. (The home of town heroine Kate Waller Barrett, who grew up on a post-bellum plantation and dedicated her life to public service, is several blocks to the southeast.) A block further south is the magnificent English country-style edifice, Christ Church, by the architect James Wren, designer of the eponymous church in Falls Church, Virginia, and descendent of Christopher Wren, architect of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Confederate soldiers who died in the city’s many war-time hospitals are buried in mounds by the Church entrance. In the Church itself is a commemoration of its most prominent member, Washington, who freed and educated all his slaves based in part on his experiences with black soldiers in the American Revolution. Robert E. Lee contributed a substantial sum of money to the Church. Across the street and a block north you’ll find a house of the Society of Odd Fellows, a fraternal order of black and other professionals formed after the conflict. One of whose members was the black architect George Seaton, whose mother was a servant of Martha Washington, who endowed a school on the site. Seaton served on the jury that presided over the trial of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. (Seaton’s own home is located a half a dozen blocks away.) Two blocks further south on Washington St. is the Appomattox statue, with its Confederate soldier meditating on the war and the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse by General Lee to General Ulysses S Grant. The bronze figure was sculpted by Czech immigrant Caspar Buberle, who created as well the elegant frieze of Union Army soldiers on the old Pension Building for Union Army veterans, in Washington, D.C., now the National Building Museum. Buberle was selected for that task by Union Army General Montgomery Miegs, designer of Arlington National Cemetery, originally laid out on the grounds of Lee’s Arlington House during the war. The Appomattox statue was unveiled in 1889 by Virginia Governor Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Robert E. Lee, and a former Confederate general, as well as a future Federal Army general of the Spanish-American War. This intersection at Washington St. and Duke St. is primed with poignant reminders of many facets of the Civil War. Next to the statue is the Lyceum, Alexandria’s history museum, and a speakers hall that featured such ante-bellum luminaries as John Quincy Adams, the President and congressman responsible for the successful Supreme Court defense of the escaped slaves from the Amistad ship. Half a block north is the attractive façade of the United Methodist Church which, reflecting the nation’s divisions, split into North and South denominations in the run-up to the War Between the States. Occupied as a stable by the Union Army, the federal government later paid the Church restitution. One block further south is the Beulah Baptist Church, one of the town’s initial African-American places of worship, and one of its first black schools, noted for the education of the free men and women fleeing, or emancipated from, slavery. Prominent African-American leaders such as Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass visited it and other, extant black churches a few blocks to the south and west. Up the street from the Beulah Church is the Downtown Baptist Church, turned into a hospital where Alexandrian women were blocked by Union soldiers from bringing linen and food to wounded Confederate soldiers treated inside by Union doctors. Another block south of it is the Alexandria Academy, founded by George Washington as a free public school, for boys and girls, at the same time he endowed what became Washington and Lee University and George Washington University. Before the Civil War, children of James Madison and Lighthorse Harry Lee, the latter Washington’s cavalry commander and Robert E. Lee’s father, were educated there, as were groups of black children. During the Civil War, the Academy became a school and a hospital for freedmen. The amazingly rich Civil War heritage of Alexandria isn’t limited to Washington St. of course. Old Town and its environs boast scores of other sites. The heritage trails would connect all the sites, but in a compact area only several miles across. Several of the most prominent locales are: • The Carlyle Mansion, home to the Green family and a Union Army hospital that was the real-life locale of the “Mercy Street” PBS television series • The Marshall House hotel, now the site of the Alexandrian Hotel, where Union Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and pro-Southern hotel owner James W. Jackson killed each other in a firefight, over a Confederate flag that Jackson had unfurled at his hotel, thus becoming among the first fatalities of the war. • The unique “Bank of the Two States”, a grand merchant bank that hosted the twin, war-time governments of Union Virginia, as opposed to the Confederate state of Virginia, including the breakaway state of West Virginia. Confederate General John Mosby, later a U.S. ambassador in the Far East for President Grant, conducted secret war-time surveillance of the place. • The former publishing house of the Alexandria Gazette newspaper, burned by Union troops after its editorials backed the refusal of the reverend of a nearby church, designed by architect of the U.S. Capitol Benjamin Latrobe, to endorse “either President”, Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis, in his sermons. The fire-blackened walls are still visible, as is the fire house, across the street (now a private home), whose firemen attempted to douse the blaze. • Various sites associated with Harriet Jacobs, a enslaved woman of mixed heritage turned abolitionist, author, and college founder. Jacobs founded various charities and schools for escaped, “contraband” slaves and freedmen in war-torn and post-bellum Alexandria. • The grand Vowell-Smith House, Old Town’s second-largest house, and home of attorney Francis Smith. Smith successfully argued before the Supreme Court a case under which the federal government paid Robert E. Lee’s heirs compensation for the transformation of his Arlington House property into what became Arlington National Cemetery. -------------------- This notion for an interpretative visitors center and walking trails on Alexandria’s large role in the Civil War is a preliminary one. It is hoped this document will spur discussion and generate interest in this fascinating and educational topic. The next step may be to establish a group to attract interested parties and funds for the purchase of the Lee Home, and to begin planning its transformation into a Civil War museum and interpretative center, as well as the construction of themed walking trails in Old Town. If you or your organization is intrigued by this exciting, once-in-a century project of living history, kindly respond with interest and ideas. Together, we could transform Alexandria into one of the prime places in America--along with Gettysburg, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.--on the exploration of the Civil War, America’s most enthralling saga! Respectfully yours, Edward P. Moser Historian, author, professional tour guide Alexandria, VA [email protected] http://thezebra.org/2018/04/08/letter-to-the-editor-lee-boyhood-home-should-be-museum-again/ https://www.meetup.com/Lafayette-Sq-Tours-of-Scandal-Assassination-Spies-Meetup/ https://www.amazon.com/Patriots-America-Thigngs-American-Should/dp/1596525495/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517173322&sr=8-1&keywords=america+a+z+moser