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Alexandria, Virginia

Bizarre Alexandria

Join us for an exploration of Old Town like you've never seen it before.

Just eight miles south of the nation's capital resides George Washington's hometown, Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1749 by Washington's brother Lawrence as a grand merchant city, to this day it's laden with colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and historic lore. 

Join us as we take an unusual tour led by the walking, talking encyclopedia Ed Moser. A former White House scribe, writer for the “Tonight Show,” historian, and professional tour guide, Moser is also the author of The Two-Term Jinx, Foundering Fathers, and America A to Z.

We'll explore a colonial mansion turned Union hospital that's home to a ghostly cat. We'll learn how an ailing Washington was treated by doctors who were influenced by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We'll explore the place where the author of Treasure Island found "real-life pirates." Alexandria is also where the Bill of Rights was formulated, the "South's Tea Party" took place, and Confederate spies faced off against Northern adversaries.

Due to high demand, a second tour at 4 p.m. was added!


  • There are now two tour times - 2 pm & 4 pm - for this event (added a second tour), so please be sure of what tour time you've bought a ticket to.
  • The 2 pm tour will meet at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, at the S. Fairfax Street side.
  • The 4 pm tour will meet in front of the Carlyle House at 121 N. Fairfax St. 
  • The nearest Metro stop is King Street, a 30-minute walk away. However, the free King Street Trolley Bus is available at the Metro and runs along King Street.
  • Free and cheap street parking is available, though can be hard to find, on the residential streets on the blocks to the south of the Meeting House. 
  • This is a walking tour, so please dress for the weather and bring water. 



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