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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Alexander Family

Abingdon Plantation

The Alexander Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. The Alexander Family Marker
Inscription. Abingdon Plantation was originally part of a 6,000 acre tract if land granted to Robert Howson in 1669. As master of a sailing ship, he was given the land in exchange for transporting settlers to the colony of Virginia. Howson sold it to John Alexander for 6,000 pounds of tobacco.

John Alexander was a sea captain and surveyor who emigrated from Scotland to Virginia. After his death in 1677, Alexander’s land was divided between his sons.

By 1746, Gerard Alexander I, John Alexander’s grandson, built a house on his portion of the land. Its one-and-a-half story oak framework, side brick chimneys and steep roof were typical of early colonial houses. The brick foundation to the right was part of his home. The other brick wall and foundation in front of this placard are from a later kitchen/laundry structure.

Gerard Alexander I was probably the first member of the Alexander family to live on this land. After his death in 1761, his three sons inherited the estate.
Location. 38° 51.07′ N, 77° 2.663′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is located between the parking garages at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The Alexander Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. The Alexander Family Marker
Behind the marker is the reconstructed remains of a kitchen/laundry structure added later in the plantation's history.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abingdon (a few steps from this marker); The Industrial Age (a few steps from this marker); Abingdon Plantation Restoration (a few steps from this marker); The Custis Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Abingdon Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hunter Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ages of Abingdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker. On the lower right of the marker is a drawing of tobacco leaves. It is captioned, "In 1669, the land which became Abingdon Plantation was sold for 6,000 pounds of tobacco to John Alexander."
Also see . . .  Abingdon Plantation. (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.)
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
The Alexander Family Tree Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. The Alexander Family Tree
Reconstructed Abingdon House Foundation Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
4. Reconstructed Abingdon House Foundation
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,723 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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