The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, was substantially remodeled in 1871, and was restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992.
The Merchant’s House Museum is New York City’s only family home preserved intact — inside and out — from the 19th century. Built in 1832 just steps from Washington Square, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house on East Fourth Street was home to a prosperous merchant family for almost 100 years, NYC, www.RevWill.com
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. Named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. The center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances. George Washington's inaugural ball was held here. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Europe's top ten Christmas markets: Mulled wine, festive food and bargains galore
Skansen, the world's first outdoor museum, Stockholm. Re-enactments about old world Sweden and a lovely zoo of Nordic animals. One can also pay a small charge of 124 SEK to explore the aquarium/reptile room/monkey encounters. I just recently went. This place is massive and steeped in history.
Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by British merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. Their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five colonial governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War.
Surratt House, Brandywine, MD: Built in 1852 as a middle-class plantation home, Surratt House also served as a tavern and hostelry, a post office, and polling place during the decade before the Civil War. During the war, it was a safehouse for the Confederate underground which flourished in Southern Maryland. It was the home of Mary Surratt, first woman to be executed by the United States government after being found guilty of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Musuem, what a neat place! In Fenwick Island, DE, it makes a nice day trip if you are vacationing at the DelMarVa Beaches, especially on a rainy day. It is located on the top floor of a seashell shop, Seashell City. The museum has grown, impressively, during the years since it opened, several years ago. The displays, of everything from cannons to personal artifacts of the ships crew and passengers, is very impressive. Admission is free. What a treat!
Winterthur Museum: Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. With 175 rooms, you would have to visit many, many times to see it all. (I have been 3 times and have only seen about 40 rooms.)