Step Back in Time: Thomas Balch Library Hosts Book Arts Exhibit at Historic Donaldson Log Cabin

Log CabinLocal residents are invited to a special event on Friday, December 1, at the Donaldson Log Cabin located at 14 Loudoun St. SW. This event, coinciding with First Friday activities, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and features a unique pop-up exhibit from the Thomas Balch Library.

The exhibit will showcase an exquisite selection of books, highlighting the intricate arts of bookbinding and illustration spanning three centuries of printing. It’s a rare chance for visitors to delve into 300 years of literary history and artistry. Additionally, attendees can tap into their creative side by crafting their own bookmarks, drawing inspiration from the library’s extensive collections.

The Thomas Balch Library staff and volunteers will also be present, offering insights into their ongoing work with archival collections. Moreover, the exhibit will include a special section dedicated to the rich history of the Donaldson Log Cabin.

For those interested in attending this cultural and historical showcase or for more details, contact the library at 703-737-7195 or via email at This event promises to be an enlightening experience for book lovers and history enthusiasts alike.