On Sunday, July 11, BPAC organized a group walk to sites in Alexandria associated with U.S. presidents. About fifteen people gathered near Market Square and then did a two-mile loop through Old Town. Participants ranged from retirees to a one-month-old newborn, who slept peacefully in his stroller during the entire walk.
During the tour, we learned that Martha Washington’s teenage granddaughter came to Alexandria in 1798 with her grandparents and stayed up dancing until 2 a.m.; talked about the time that President Teddy Roosevelt made an unannounced ferry trip to Alexandria and then walked back to the White House; stopped by Alfred Street Baptist Church, where President Clinton sang with the gospel choir and President Obama attended Easter services with his family; and visited seven other historical sites.
If you would like to do a self-guided version of our 2021 presidential history walk, a guide to the route and stops is available here.
Below are some photos from the walk.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped spread the word about the event, talked about the history at each stop, and helped keep the group safe.