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Washington's Birthday  — “Walking With Washington”

Explore the long 50-year relationship between George Washington and Alexandria, from the time Alexandria was founded in 1749 when George was 17 until he died at the age of 67. On a free walking tour of Old Town Alexandria, see Alexandria as Washington saw it through the places he frequented when he was here. The tours, led by Bob Madison, the author of Walking with Washington, begin at 1:30 p.m.every Sunday in February (February 4, 11, 18, and 25) weather and clear sidewalks permitting. Meet at the fountain in Market Square on King Street between Fairfax and Royal Streets.

The tour leader researched over 100 Alexandria sites associated with George Washington when writing his book. Although the walking tours generally take over two hours and cover around 15 blocks, there is time to visit only about 20 of the sites. Sites visited range from the place where his coffin was made to the home of his doctor and best friend. See where Alexandrians welcomed him home from the Revolutionary War and where they said farewell when he left Alexandria to become the first President of the United States. See homes where he dined and slept, alleys where he walked, shops where his staff purchased his supplies, and the church where he owned a pew.

There is no charge for the tours and no advance reservations are required. They are jointly sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology and the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee. For more information, call 703-683-2636.