The Alexandria Lyceum

The Alexandria Lyceum (HM26IL)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.301', W 77° 2.83'

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City of Alexandria Est. 1749

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



public as The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum.
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HM NumberHM26IL
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Placed ByCity of Alexandria
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Date Added Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322238 N 4297130
Decimal Degrees38.80501667, -77.04716667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.301', W 77° 2.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 18.06" N, 77° 2' 49.8" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 S Washington St, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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