Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Duke Street Tanyard
Alexandria Heritage Trail
West End, Alexandria's first suburb, was a processing center for cattle, which were brought here for slaughter and butchering. The hides were then taken to the tannery to be processed into leather by soaking them in solutions of lime, tree bark, and animal dung. The tanned hides were curried by oiling, scrapping, and pounding and then made into saddles, harness and boots.
"The Tannery was located in what was once called Spring Gardens Farm just "beyond the [town's] Corporation limits and... of course, exempt from taxation" along a major commercial artery, Little River Turnpike." — Alexandria Gazette, 1844.
Archaeological excavations were conducted here in 2000, prior to construction. It was discovered that the remains of the tanyard were destroyed during the 20th century. Most of the original soil had been removed, and later, fill soils were brought in to level the property. However, in the area where a brick house once stood, archaeologists discovered artifacts dating
Erected by Th Marriott Corporation in cooperation with Alexandria Museum Office of Historic Alexandria.
Location. 38° 48.234′ N, 77° 3.481′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Duke Street (Virginia Route 236) and Daingerfield Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in a small park just west of The Marriott Residence Inn along Hooff's Run. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1456 Duke Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The West End (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooff's Run Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A National Cemetery System (about 800 feet away); "Pursuers of Booth the Assassin" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexandria National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1323 Duke Street – From Slavery to Freedom and Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . .
Archeological Investigations at 1456 Duke Street (44AX188),. (PDF) 2001, Duke Street Tannery/Marriott Residence Inn (butchery/slaughterhouse; tannery; store; possible tenant residence), 1456 Duke Street, 44AX188. (Submitted on March 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Alexandria Heritage Trail. (Submitted on March 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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