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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Alexandria Lyceum

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. The Alexandria Lyceum Marker
Inscription. One block south is The Alexandria Lyceum, formed as a public education organization in 1834 by Quaker schoolmaster Benjamin Hallowell and other civic leaders. In 1839, the founders joined with the Alexandria Library Company to construct a magnificent Greek Revival structure that the two institutions would share. On the first floor, the library offered reading materials to subscribers, and Lyceum displays contained collections of historical memorabilia and natural history. The second floor lecture hall welcomed community and national speakers such as Caleb Cushing, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams.

During the American Civil War, federal forces seized The Lyceum for use as a hospital. Wounded soldiers underwent treatment and recovery in the former reading rooms and lecture hall, resting in folding hospital beds that lined the rooms in neat rows.

After the war, the building was remodeled into a private residence, and then in the 1940s, as an office building. Deteriorating and threatened with demolition, a local community effort convinced the City of Alexandria to preserve it in 1969. The Lyceum was renovated and re-opened in 1974 as the George Washington Bicentennial Center of Northern Virginia—the first visitors center for the national Bicentennial of the American Revolution. In 1985, it re-opened to the
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. The Alexandria Lyceum Marker
public as The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Location. 38° 48.301′ N, 77° 2.83′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (Virginia Route 7) and North Washington Street (Virginia Route 400), on the right when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 706A King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington Memorial Parkway (a few steps from this marker); Timberman Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee-Fendall House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Bernard Stier, O.D. (1930-2005) (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Retail in Alexandria (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederate Statue (about 400 feet away); George Washington in Alexandria (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
 
Categories. EducationScience & MedicineWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Alexandria Lyceum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
3. The Alexandria Lyceum Marker
The Alexandria Lyceum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
4. The Alexandria Lyceum Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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