“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Visiting Old Town

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By Devry Jones, March 17, 2018
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Inscription.  (obverse side)
King Street Trolley
Proceed directly ahead to trolley stop

Welcome to Old Town Alexandria! Experience historical charm with contemporary flair from the river to the rails


Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House

Knowledgeable staff help you create a perfect plan for your visit. Purchase attractions tickets, check entertainment schedules, pick up maps and brochures, or join a walking tour. 221 King Street, (703) 838-5005. Open daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., except Christmas and New Year's days.


Explore Historic Streets
Immerse yourself in the historic ambiance of Old Town Alexandria by walking its charming streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, attractions, and restaurants. Walking maps available at the Visitors Center and aboard the King Street Trolley.


King Street Trolley
Ride as often as you like with service between the Potomac River Waterfront and the King Street Metro. The service is free and convenient.
Frequent stops
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By Devry Jones, March 17, 2018
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along King Street.

Sunday - Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Alexandria's King Street Metro Station provides local and regional transit connections throughout the Washington area. Additional Metrorail information is available inside the station.

Alexandria Transit - DASH
DASH connects Metro to many Alexandria sites and destinations including Del Rey, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site and the Eisenhower Valley. DASH Ride Guides are available inside the station.

Map Legend (North of King Street, from East to West)

Torpedo Factory Art Center
Home to more than 165 working artists, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is one of the largest visual arts centers in the country. The Art League School and Alexandria Archaeology Museum are also housed in the building originally constructed as a torpedo factory built after World War I.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria's history fragment by fragment in the museum's hands-on laboratory located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Carlyle House Historic Park
Scottish merchant and City founder John Carlyle built this home in 1753. Here five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss
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funding of the French and Indian War.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby operated this 1785 tavern and 1792 City hotel patronized by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today, the museum tells the story of travel and hospitality in early America.

Lee-Fendall House
614 Oronoco Street
Guided by its 1852 inventory, historians interpret the house as a Lee home of the 1850 to 1870 period.

Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street, not shown on map
Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African-American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture, and contributions of Black America.

Christ Church
George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended services in this English country-style church built between 1767 and 1773.

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
This memorial honoring the nation's first president was dedicated in 1932, the bicentennial of Washington's birth. Nine levels of exhibits include an extensive collection of fraternal artifacts and other objects owned by George Washington.

[South of King Street, from East to West:]
The Athenaeum
Built in 1851, this Greek Revival building was home to the
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Bank of the old Dominion where Robert E. Lee banked. Today, it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Opened in 1792 by a young Quaker pharmacist, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000 early medical care items are still in place. Patrons included George and Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Old Presbyterian Meeting House
Built in 1775, the church was the site of memorial services for George Washington in 1799. See a memorial to an unknown soldier of the American Revolution in the churchyard.

The Lyceum:
Alexandria's History Museum

The story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America, is told through archaeological finds, photographs, maps, artwork, and artifacts housed in an 1839 Greek Revival building.

Friendship Firehouse
Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now houses historic firefighting equipment and exhibits.

Freedom House Museum
The museum is located in the building that once was the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in America. Multi-media exhibits tell the unimaginable story of the slave trade.

Fort Ward
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Museum & Historic Site

4301 W. Braddock Road, not shown on map
Accessible by DASH

The museum, patterned after a Union headquarters building, displays a fine Civil War collection and exhibits. The Fort's Northwest Bastion has been completely restored.

Alexandria National Cemetery
Graves of Civil War soldiers numbering some 3,500 include U.S. Colored Troops and four men who died chasing John Wilkes Booth.

Alexandria African-American Heritage Park
The role of African-Americans in Alexandria's development is celebrated with a bronze tree sculpture titles "Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered."

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Museum
600 Dulany Street
Established in 1995, the museum strives to educate the public about patent and trademark systems and the important role intellectual property protection plays in our nation's social and economic health.

Hours of Operation
Listed in the Alexandria Visitors Guide available in boxes along King Street, or at the Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King Street.

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DASH around Alexandria!

Alexandria Transit Company

Ride Guides available inside station.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicColonial EraWar, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Booth's Escape, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists.
Location. 38° 48.374′ N, 77° 3.67′ W. Marker is in Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Diagonal Road (Virginia Route 7) south of King Street (Virginia Route 7), on the right when traveling south. Located at the Kiss & Ride lot of the King St Metro Station - Bay C. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Callahan Drive, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Aboard at Alexandria Union Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexandria in the Civil War (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Alexandria War Dead (about 400 feet away); Shuter's Hill (about 500 feet away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 2 (about 600 feet away); Fighting Back (about 700 feet away); The Edmonson Sisters (approx. 0.2 miles away); The George Washington Masonic National Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Town.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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