Thursday, November 20, 2014

Carlyle House to hold 'A Soldier's Christmas'

Alexandria is deeply entwined with Colonial America and possesses a rich history. Throughout the city remnants of a time gone by are very present. One of these reminders of early American history is the Carlyle House.  

Each year come winter Carlyle House hosts its "A Soldier's Christmas" event. This usually coincides on the same day as the Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk (parade).

Carlyle House presents "A Soldier's Christmas" (2012)

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority website describes conditions for soldiers during Revolutionary times:
"The air is chilly and the scent of wood smoke and cider rises in the air. Greenery bedecks homes around Alexandria, signaling that the holiday season is well and truly here. However, this was not so for soldiers in the American Revolution, many of the winters during the war were hard for the American armies. A lack of ready supplies meant hunger and cold. Even with their meager goods in the longest stretches of the war, though, soldiers could find reasons to celebrate."
(Please note this is last year's press release, the date on here is not the current one. The 2014 event will be held on Sat., Dec. 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Visitors can expect to see military drills, music and other festivities with costumed living history members portraying 18th century soldiers from the First Virginia Regiment. In the past food and beverages were also shared. Learn about Army medicine during this era. Also, there will be Colonial games for the kids. 

Two soldiers make adjustments to their drums

Want to enlist? First Virginia Regiment is recruiting

Visitors chat with 18th century soldiers while enjoying a beverage

Carlyle House is located at 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. In addition to regular tours, many special events are held throughout the year.


  1. I have never given Alexandria the type of visit that it obviously deserves.

  2. I think you'd love it!! I still haven't seen it all ;)