Alexandria & Mount Vernon


Finally, a book focused on Alexandria and Mount Vernon!

These two sites are visited by countless student and adult groups each year, and yet we sometimes fall into the trap of repeating the same information about George Washington, and the same three fun facts about Alexandria. These books will change your perceptions of both places. Written by Leigh Jameson and edited by Mitch Bach, this book dives into the complex and complicated past of Mount Vernon plantation, and Alexandria, the third largest slave trading port in the country. As a result, your storytelling will improve and you’ll have the tools to wow your guests with new insights and walking tours of both locations!

As with all TripSchool books, the format is easy-to-digest bullet points and bold text, making it easy to comprehend and then share with your own personal style. The information is place-based, meaning you’ll also know where to share what you learn, to make your tours come alive in new ways!

Scroll down for more information about the author and the book!



Leigh Jameson TripSchool Author Alexandria Mount Vernon

About the author

Leigh Jameson has over thirty years experience as an actor and storyteller. She has been on the road for four years as a tour director, but before joining the industry, she was known for her work as the top requested ghost guide in Alexandria, Virginia. For the past ten years she has worked with some of the most prestigious museums in the country, including the Smithsonian and Colonial Williamsburg. Leigh is also the founder of The History Warehouse, a living history performance company that provides a variety of historical figures for historic sites, museums, and educational institutions.

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More information

Pages: 200
Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches
Last updated: March, 2019

Table of Contents


By the numbers
Logistics & Overview

Market Square

Market Square
Town Hall
Carlyle House
Dalton House
Ramsay House
Gadsby’s Tavern
The Marshall House
The Wharf
Torpedo Factory
Union & Water Streets

West toward Christ Church

Christ Church
Anne Warren Grave
Washington’s Town House
The Spite House
Lord Fairfax Town House
Friendship Firehouse Museum

South toward Presbyterian Meeting House

The Meeting House
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Swift’s Alley
The Athenaeum
Captain’s Row
James Craik’s House
Murray-Dick-Fawcett House
Restored Government of Virginia

Driving down Washington Street

GW Memorial Parkway
The Dummy in the Cupola
Robert E Lee Sights
The Lloyd House
GW Masonic Monument
The Lyceum
Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery & Memorial
Forts Hunt & Washington
Washington’s River Farm

African American History

Market Square to Duke St.
Duke Street Slave Firms
Other Stories & Sites

Two Ghost Stories

The “Burning Bride”
The Female Stranger

Alexandria History

Colonial Alexandria
Independent Alexandria
The New Nation
Antebellum Alexandria
Civil War
Twentieth Century

Mount Vernon

George Washington
Myths Illuminated
Washington’s Death
The Mansion
The Farms
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association
Orientation & Education Centers
Other Trivia