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While the building is small, there’s a lot more to see and learn than the regular 25-minute tour can cover. Purchase tickets for a Saturday morning extended tour and spend twice as long learning about the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary. Space is limited!
Explore the many uses of water, both past and present, and how we can better care for this amazing resource. Includes 18th century tea with Martha Washington and a troop scrapbook to take home. Troops complete take action portions on their own. 18th century tea includes the museum's special blend of tea, pound cake, dried fruit, and assortment of cookies. This is not a drop off event; adults must purchase tickets as well. Works towards Brownie Girl Scout's It’s Your Planet—Love It! Wonders of Water Journey.

*Can’t make one of these dates, want to bring Daisies, or have a large group? Private teas with costumed staff (not Mrs. Washington) are available for booking. Call Gadsby's Tavern Museum (703.746.4242) for more information.
Tour this historic apothecary and learn about a few of the herbal medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels from cascara to dauco seeds. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Tour is 11:00am-12:00pm. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 16th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 16th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

This dance series includes January 31, February 7, and 14.
Girls working on the It's Your Story--Tell It: Media journey evaluate media through a fresh lense as they examine historic advertising and products. The highlight of the evening is when the girls work as a team to film a Public Service Announcment, bringing together what they learned about persuasion, ethics, and stereotypest. As part of the overnight, Cadettes Girl Scouts show their PSAs to Junior Girl Scouts on Saturday morning to evaluate their effectiveness.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet no later than one month prior to the event. During the event, troop leaders will receive girls' media pledges to take home and revisit at a future troop meeting. Approximately one week after the event, troop leaders will receive a dropbox link to download their troop's PSA.

Important notes:
-The overnight includes an evening snack and light breakfast. Please eat dinner before arrival.
-Troop leaders are responsible for buying the Girl Scout award separately.
-This is not a drop off event; adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 8 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 7 girls must have one female adult attend.
-This overnight runs concurrently with a Junior Girl Scout overnight. Multi-level troops should register girls separately under the appropriate-level overnight and must meet chaperone ratios for each level separately.

- This is not a drop-off event. Even for individual girls at least one adult must accompany.
- All are Friday evenings starting at 7pm and going until Saturday at 8:30am
- Please note that adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 6 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 5 girls must have one female adult attend.
- Groups are responsible for handling their own permission slips and following all Safety Wise requirements.
- Patches and t-shirts are available for purchase. Information will be emailed one month prior to event.
- Junior and Cadette overnights run concurrently. For mixed-age troops, please be sure to purchase the correct number of tickets for each level and that both Cadettes and Juniors have an adequate number of adults. While they will be sleeping in the same building, all other evening activities occur in different locations.
- Event does not include Girl Scout award or journey book (which is not required to participate)
- Maximum Troop Size: 16 people (including adults)

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Jumpstart the It’s Your World—Change It leadership journey for Junior Girl Scouts by joining Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for an overnight that walks girls step by step through what makes a great leader and how to lead a project of their own. The evening will use the story of how the museum buildings were saved as a case study for creating their own community-changing project. Girls will work on the Power of One and Power of Team sections of the journey and begin planning their community project for the final Power of Community section. Troops will need to take action and carry out their project at home as they continue their conversations around girls as leaders. Overnight includes 18th century dancing to celebrate your progress as well as an evening snack and light breakfast.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet no later than one month prior to your event. Troop leaders will leave the overnight program with an outline of the girls' agreed-upon take action project with as much planned as possible.

This overnight runs concurrently with a Cadette Girl Scout overnight. The different troop levels complete separate activities but share a common sleeping space and breakfast. Multi-level troops should register girls separately under the appropriate-level overnight and register the approrpriate number of adults per troop level.

Important items of note:
- All are Friday evenings starting at 7pm and going until Saturday at 8:30am
- This is not a drop off event; adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 7 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 6 girls must have one female adult attend.
- Groups are responsible for handling their own permission slips and following all Safety Wise requirements.
- Patches and t-shirts are available for purchase. Information for pre-orders will be included with the info packet.
- Event does not include Girl Scout award or journey book (which is not required to participate)

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Dylan Pritchett, a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, is dedicated to passing one the rich African oral tradition of storytelling. Join us for an evening of African American stories that reflect serious issues facing African American culture from the past to the present.
This award-winning documentary by filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren examines lynching in the American South. A discussion led by Ms. Ayers and Mr. Warren follows the screening. Also, learn about Alexandria’s Lynching history and the plan to receive a commemorative pillar from the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) highlighting the lynching death of two Alexandria men in the 1890s.
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore. Story time will take place every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Explore the museum exhibits afterwards to learn about local black history. All ages are welcome, but most suitable for children 3-6 years old.
Through the stories, experiences, and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby, consider how the nuances of urban slavery expand our understanding of slavery and Alexandria.


Join master storyteller Dylan Pritchett for a family program with stories from the Civil War. This program is suitable for all ages.
Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world on a tour of this 19th century apothecary, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Recommended for ages 8 and up. The one-hour tour begins at 11:00am. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the front desk.
In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 16th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Event MC Joseph Gueron, Producer and host of WERA 96.7 FM world music radio show "GloBeat" presents an evening of French love songs. $10 per person with a wine and dessert reception to follow. Sponsored by The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee.
Enjoy a fun night out that brings the history of ice and the tavern together with cocktails.  Sip inspired drinks created by a local mixologist, examine ice-related artifacts rarely on display, and find out first-hand how the historic tavern preserved ice for months without electricity.  Price includes two drink tickets and light hors d’oeuvres.

Girls working on the It's Your Story--Tell It: Media journey evaluate media through a fresh lense as they examine historic advertising and products. The highlight of this three hour event (6-9 p.m.) is working as a team to film a short Public Service Announcement, pulling together what they've learned about persuasion, ethics, and stereotypes. The evening wraps up with girls reflecting on how they engage with media and writing Media Pledges.

This is not a drop-off event. Even for individual girls at least one adult must accompany. All adults must purchase tickets and troops need to meet the minimum chaperone requirements as outlined by the Girl Scout Safety Wise guidelines, with a minimum of two adults per troop for groups of 8 or more and one adult for smaller groups or individuals.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet approximately one month prior to the event. After the event, troop leaders will receive a drop-box link via email to their troop's PSA video.

Activity patch is available for purchase in gift shop at the end of the event. Troop leaders are responsible for buying the Girl Scout award separately.

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Try on uniforms of the Revolutionary War! In advance of George Washington’s birthday, enjoy an evening exploring uniforms from the different nationalities that converged with Washington in Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. Chris Daley, historical clothing manager for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, will give you the opportunity to try on and compare uniform coats of the American, British, French, and German troops as well as coats worn by African Americans serving with the British army. Each coat has been carefully researched and painstakingly reproduced in several sizes to help bring the Siege of Yorktown to life. Bring a camera and take photos of yourself and family members in the uniforms of the Revolutionary War. Reception with refreshments, beer, and wine before and after the program.
Relive your college days, and the late 1980’s at the same time! Enjoy a free screening of the Spike Lee movie School Daze. This event is cosponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria Office on the Arts. School Daze is rated R and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Seating is limited to 40. Free popcorn will be provided by Popped Republic.
In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 16th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Rather than focusing on one aspect of George Washington’s remarkable life in some detail, Professor Peter Henriques will touch on a variety of interesting and relatively little known facts about Washington, including some that are not very complimentary.


Visit the Alexandria Black History Museum for a fun activity for families. Program participation is limited to 25. This event is cosponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria Office on the Arts.
If the regular 30 minute tour of the Apothecary Museum just isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! Spend more time touring the museum with an expert guide, including the rarely open basement and 3rd floor of the historic pharmacy. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Tour is 11:00am-12:00pm. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.

Discover the many roles women played in tavern life! This tour challenges assumptions about a women’s role in the 18th century and how women interacted with the tavern, a place commonly assumed to be just for men. 
Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! This tour will be conducted exclusively in American Sign Language. Only visitors fluent in ASL should attend this tour as there will be no English interpretation provided. Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome. Tour is from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
Celebrate women and learn about issues important to women and girls in your community at this special event! Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and their accompanying adults will participate in hands-on activities, talk with a panel of Girl Scouts and discover how scouting empowered them, and add their own future goals to a timeline of Juliette Gordon Low’s story.

This program is geared toward Girl Scout Brownies and older Girl Scout Daisies, ages 6 and up. Girls and adults will be divided into small groups to visit activity stations during this program; larger troops may be subdivided into different groups. Participants will be asked to bring supplies to support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Safehouse; a list of suggested items will be provided before the event.

Contact the Education Coordinator with additional questions at 703.746.4994.
What do super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad scientist probably made them! Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to explore where real science and mad science collide. 45 minute tours start every 30 minutes and feature historic medicines with surprising side effects. Upstairs, meet the Museum’s very own mad scientist bringing to life some crazy concoctions and the science behind them.

$6 per person, including adults. Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups welcome (program almost completes the Brownie Home Scientist badge). Troops must have 2 adults; max. of 16 people per group.

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Spend more time touring the Apothecary Museum with museum volunteer who is also a pharmacist. The tour guide will focus on the historic medicinal ingredients that are still used today in modern medicine while also touching upon the Stabler and Leadbeater family and business history. This tour is great for first time and return visitors. Tour is from 11:00am to 12:00pm and is recommended for adults only. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
Inspired by the musical Hamilton, hear about Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr who all came to the tavern and delve into the issues they faced and how their choices impacted local citizens.

In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

Classes are April 18, 25, and May 2.
In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Long ago in a time far far away… join us on May the 4th for a star-studded ball. Enjoy live music, English Country dancing and a seasonal dessert collation. Regency costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged. Advanced registration is required, space is limited.

Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Explore the 18th century buildings, including spaces rarely opened to the public, and understand how the buildings have changed over time. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera!