The 200-Year-Old Grist Mill at Aldie Mill Historic Park – The Buildings (Aldie, VA)

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Historic site details: Aldie Mill Historic Park (also Aldie Mill Historic District) | 39401 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 (Loudoun County) | (703) 327-9777 | Free Admission | Free Parking (Warning: There is a small number of parking spaces at the site.) | The site is only open seasonally. The 2020 season starts June 27th. Hours posted online are weekends from noon to 5 PM (call to confirm due to COVID-19).| Actively looking for volunteers. | Site is a member of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. | Facebook | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile)

Aldie Mill Historic Park

200-Year-Old Grist Mill

Granary and Visitor Center

The Miller House

Walking Trail

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A Message From Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, DC on Black Lives Matter

I loved seeing this as an African-American and a history buff. A post on Instagram related to historical sites and the Black Lives Matter movement from the Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, DC! THANK YOU! #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Many of DC’s house museums were built by the hands of the enslaved. Today museums are too often seen as unwelcoming to people who aren’t white. This needs to change. Black hands built this country, black voices defined it, and BLACK LIVES MATTER. Posted @withregram • @woodlawnandpopeleighey “Human hands have fashioned and used needle and thread since the beginning of civilization, black hands, brown hands, white hands, across cultures”. When we closed down in March, we were just a few days into our 2020 Needlework Show. The theme was celebrating 100 years of women expressing their rights through the making of needlecraft. We welcomed pieces by anyone and everyone, but we can do better. Now it’s important that we highlight some pieces created in just the last weeks by needlemakers (and others) across the world. We commit to working even harder to dig out, exhibit, and highlight makers of color – and those who support them – in everything we do and every story we continue to tell. Thanks to @roxanag @windowandwing @silvermoon.embroidery @sfsnad @lauralpinhoward @embroiderybypeyton @stitchcraft @gulushthreads @thecomptoir for the work and @themarquissisters for their wonderful quote. To our dedicated needle arts community, please share with us other artists you think we might not yet know and need to showcase in our Show and throughout our exhibit spaces.

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Historic Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House and The Kitty Pozer Memorial Garden (Fairfax City, VA)

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Historic site details: Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House and The Kitty Pozer Memorial Garden | 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | 703-385-8414 | Free Admission | Free Parking (Small public parking lot across the street from the site. | Tours canceled indefinitely due to COVID-19 | Actively looking for volunteers. | Site is a member of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. | Located right behind Old Town Square and less than a block from Main Street Marketplace.

COVID-19 Warning: The site is closed until further notice. Public tours are not available as well. Visit Fairfax City Historic Sites for COVID-19 updates on all sites in the city.

Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

The Kitty Pozer Memorial Garden

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Richmond, VA Organizations Celebrate With a Virtual Scavenger Hunt

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Ready for a challenge? How about a virtual scavenger hunt? Fifteen Richmond, Virginia area historical and cultural organizations, all celebrating Virginia history and National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24th) together. What better way than to create the RVA History Hunt. A chance to explore each organizations’ website in search of answers. COVID-19 forced museums and cultural centers to close. Go keyboard exploring. More details about the hunt are here. The organizations involved in the hunt are:

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Looking for a Challenge? Try Historic Old Town Fairfax’s Scavenger Hunt

Historic Old Town Fairfax (Fairfax City, VA) is having a scavenger hunt! Seven clues in the challenge. A brochure with details is on the Fairfax City website. The scavenger hunt starts at the corner of Main Street and East Street. There is a small public parking lot on one corner of the intersection. You can also park at Main St Marketplace on the opposite corner. There are seven buildings to find during a four-block walk. Support small businesses with a visit to the shops at Main St Marketplace, Commonwealth Dry Goods, or De Clieu Coffee while you search (grab & go only). Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you found them all.

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The Historic House Museum Consortium – The NOVA List

The Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. is a collection of over 40 sites in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia (NOVA), and suburban Maryland. All the sites are open to the public as museums and historic attractions. The sites in Northern Virginia include:

  1. Aldie Mill Historic Park (Aldie, VA)
  2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial (Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA)
  3. Ben Lomond Historic Site (Manassas, VA)
  4. Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center (Fairfax City, VA)
  5. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre (Bristow, VA)
  6. Carlyle House Historic Park (Alexandria, VA)
  7. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (Falls Church, VA)
  8. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site (Great Falls, VA)
  9. Friendship Firehouse Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  10. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  11. George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor (Leesburg, VA)
  12. George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
  13. Gunston Hall (Mason Neck, VA)
  14. Historic Green Spring (Alexandria, VA)
  15. Historic Huntley (Alexandria, VA)
  16. Lee-Fendall House Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  17. Morven Park (Leesburg, VA)
  18. Oatlands (Leesburg, VA)
  19. Ratcliffe-Allison House & Kitty Pozer Garden (Fairfax, VA)
  20. Rippon Lodge Historic Site (Woodbridge, VA)
  21. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  22. Sully Historic Site (Chantilly, VA)
  23. Weems-Botts Museum (Dumfries, VA)
  24. Woodlawn – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House (Alexandria, VA)

I visited two of the sites on this list:

Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center – The Virtual Tour (Fairfax City, VA)

Museum details | Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center | 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Fairfax City)| 703-591-0560 | Free admission except during Fairfax History Day activities. There’s also a fee for group tours| Free Parking | Four buildings on 12-acre grounds. The buildings are the Historic Blenheim House, the Civil War Interpretive Center (photos below), Grandma’s Cottage, and the Dairy Barn Complex. | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile) | Wikipedia

Read my previous posts – Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center and Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center – The Buildings (Fairfax City, VA).

COVID-19 Warning: All the buildings on the Historic Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) campus are closed until further notice. Public tours and event space rentals are not available as well. There is a message on the museum’s voicemail inviting everyone to walk the grounds.

I recommend walking around the 12-acre grounds. Paths are connecting all the buildings. The parking lot is closed (gate with a padlock). However, street parking is available.

You can see inside some of the buildings from the comfort of your home. There are short videos on Historic Blenheim’s Facebook Page & City of Fairfax YouTube Channel that tell the rich history of the campus. Explore Historic Blenheim, at home, in your favorite chair! Here is a list:

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