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Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

George Washington in Alexandria

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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Inscription.  George Washington considered Alexandria his hometown after its founding in 1749, and it is here that he came to do business, learn the events of the world, pick up mail, and visit friends. His first association with the town was probably as a 17 year-old assistant to the county surveyor in laying out the original plan for the town. His older brother, Lawrence, purchased one of the first lots in 1749.

Two decades before the American Revolution, George Washington was loyal to the crown of England, and in that service he recruited his first soldiers and drilled them in the Market Square. In the spring of 1754, he marched out of Alexandria on his military campaign of the French and Indian War. Later, in 1763, he was chosen as a town trustee. When Alexandria's first bank opened its doors in 1792, George Washington was a stockholder and depositor.

Martha and George Washington attended services at nearby Christ Church where the family bought, and later rented, a box pew. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum at 105-107 South Fairfax Street still retains the records from when Martha Washington requested medicines and herbs to
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be sent for use by family members. One block from here at 508 Cameron Street is the modest, reconstructed town house (now privately owned), first built by George Washington in 1769 as a domestic alternative to the long horseback ride to Mount Vernon. Originally built without a kitchen, his meals would be taken at local taverns; Gadsby's Tavern was a favorite. Washington was welcomed home from the presidency at a civic dinner held at Gadsby's, and returned there to dance at a ball on his last birthday in 1799. ON December 16 of that year, the Alexandria Gazette reported "the death of their illustrious benefactor." Washington's memorial service was held at the Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria.

How did St. Asaph Street get its name?
St. Asaph Street was named in honor of Rev. Jonathan Shipley, the English Bishop of St. Asaph, who, although never having set foot in America, supported the American cause for independence from Great Britain.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraWar, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
 
Location.
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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38° 48.297′ N, 77° 2.74′ W. Marker is in the Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on King Street near North St Asaph Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 556 King Street, 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. Retail in Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin P. Backus Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Marshall House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edgar Warfield (about 300 feet away); Lee-Fendall House (about 300 feet away); Timberman Brothers (about 300 feet away); Washington’s Town House (about 400 feet away); John Douglass Brown House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Historical District.
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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