Chocolate tours often showcase hidden parts of a place's history, revealing how old-timey candy merchants sold their wares or demonstrating how John Dillinger once robbed a bank using nothing but a piece of fudge cut to resemble a tommy gun. Find out more with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for the Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour ($20 Value)
- $19 for the Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour for two (a $40 value)
The three-hour tour begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 or at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Guests may visit sites in any order, and board a shuttle that runs between each on a continuous loop.
Inside four historic buildings lit by candlelight, guests explore the history of the city and American chocolate. They can nibble chocolate and sip cider as they explore the Lee-Fendall House, where a tree stands adorned with antique toys and ribbons, and interpreters explain Victorian holiday customs such as caroling and pin the tail on the chimney sweep. They can also witness a reenactment of a holiday dinner at Carlyle House Historic Park, smell seasonal greenery, and listen to guides discuss famous visitors to each location.
This year, visitors can also glimpse holiday displays and the main lobby and original iron vault at the Bank of Alexandria, constructed in 1807 and normally closed to the public.
Since it was first settled in 1669, and officially established in 1749, the city of Alexandria has played a crucial role in American history. It has existed as a tobacco trading post, a busy port, home to a large free-black community, and a Civil War supply center for Union troops. Famous figures such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Mama Cass once claimed it as their hometown. Now, more than 260 years since the town’s first historic buildings were constructed, visitors can tour them year-round—with the aid of interpreters dressed in American colonial and Victorian garb.
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum displays artifacts unearthed from the city’s streets; the Alexandria Black History Museum welcomes visitors into African American heritage exhibits; and the Fort Ward Museum, a preserved Union fort, hosts regular Civil War reenactments and slumber parties. Along the town’s winding streets, visitors can also step over historic thresholds at Lee-Fendall House and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum; Carlyle House Historic Park, a Union hospital during the Civil War; and Gadsby's Tavern Museum, a favored haunt of founding fathers, journalists, and military officers. Historians and staff also bring history into the present through weekly activities such as fencing classes at the tavern, farmers’ markets at Market Square, restoration workshops, 18th century fashion shows, and film screenings.