Happy Birthday, George!

Did you celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday? What we were actually, legally and officially celebrating was George Washington’s Birthday — hence the annual George Washington Birthday Parade that drew crowds to Old Town despite the clouds.

There is some confusion about what Presidents’ Day really means. People generally use it as a day to pay respects to all of our presidents, at monuments and the National Portrait Gallery, through history lessons, and more. Since the legal term for the holiday is actually Washington’s Birthday and since his actual birthday is tomorrow (February 22nd), we wanted to be sure to give the original Founding Father his due. By sharing our favorite memories and events at his beloved estate, we’re highlighting the many ways in which his local legacy lives on.


Phyllis: I like hanging with George and Martha and touring their house.


Britt: The wine festival, the Masquerade Party, the holiday fireworks…don’t make me choose! The Holiday Celebration has the best fireworks in Northern Virginia, hands down. You can see them from all the way down the Parkway and across the river, too!


Melissa: I was a hostess in the restaurant in high school and had to wear the colonial outfit…doily on my head and everything!


Joanne: I love the wine festival — the view, and sitting on a blanket enjoying great Virginia wines with friends. Also, the 4th of July fireworks on the water. Watching from the boat is beautiful and very special.


Maria: I love the Mount Vernon Underground Annual Masquerade Party. Fireworks over the river, live music, and dancing.

Susie: I used to look forward to class field trips to Mount Vernon in elementary school. Now, I look forward to the wine festival! Mount Vernon is fun for all ages!


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.


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Alexandria, VA 22314


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