For Culture and History Lovers
AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ – It’s easy to remember Virginia as the “Birthplace of a Nation,” but many are not aware of the historic events that took place here in 1619, 12 years after the first colonists settled in Jamestown. Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ observes the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World; the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America; the First Official English Thanksgiving in North America; the arrival and expanding impact of women on the Virginia Colony; and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the Virginia Colony. Special events, exhibits and activities are happening throughout the Commonwealth all through 2019.
A new waterfront destination has opened at the intersection of the Potomac River and Alexandria’s most historic retail corridor: King Street Park at the Waterfront. The new space will transform throughout the seasons with pop-up programming and is the crown jewel of the city’s waterfront plan, which has been decades in the making. Additionally, the tall ship Providence(which appears in the Oscar-winning film Master and Commander and the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean) will arrive at Alexandria’s waterfront in the summer of 2019 to make the city her permanent home as a key attraction of the developing waterfront.
Fall 2019 brings the grand reopening of The Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, once complete the Arlington House will be restored to its original 1860 appearance.
The View of DC recently opened to the public. Situated in Arlington’s Rosslyn District, the 31-story building offers an outdoor cantilevered terrace that gives visitors a truly spectacular view of the DC skyline as well as portions of Virginia and Maryland. The 15,000-square-foot space also features exhibit space and a cafe and bar – offering an ideal location for sunset watching!
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center now offers a Digital Guide that highlights the museum’s most iconic artifacts – available for a small rental fee in English, Spanish, Mandarin and French.
The self-guided Loudoun County Barn Quilt Trail has launched. The trail will raise awareness of important agricultural and historical sites while also showcasing the beautiful geometric art created by women living on the farms.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg has recreated the house where George Washington spent his youth. The George Washington Foundation is charging forward with its multi-year venture to physically develop George Washington’s Ferry Farm into an outdoor living museum.
The Virginia Women’s Monument, titled “Voices from the Garden,” is set to open in late summer of 2019 on the Capitol Square at The Virginia State Capitol. Of the estimated 5,193 public statues in the United States, fewer than 400 are of women. The Virginia Women’s Monument, is an attempt to make up for this omission and to finally give Virginia women the historic honor they deserve. The timing is ideal given the 2020 anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in American just around the corner.
The new Lucy Burns Museum also will open soon at the historic Lorton Prison, which is now the Workhouse Arts Center, in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote in the U.S. This new museum offers a treasure trove of artifacts, displays and information from a pivotal moment in women’s history in America.