Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
The early Hunting Creek ferry docked near Point West (lower Oronoco Street). Later proprietors of the ferry line across the Potomac included: Thomas Sanders, 1756; James Rhodes, 1768; and John Lomax 1770. More famous owners of the line included George Washington and George Mason, although Washington successfully petitioned to discontinue the ferry on his land in 1790. From 1785 to 1800, the ferry industry was in a state of flux. Despite Washington's assertion that ferries had become unprofitable, multiple would-be proprietors petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for permission to establish a ferry.
Following the War of 1812, ferries that travelled between Washington and Alexandria were primarily horse-powered. One observer noted, "The paddle wheels
The Alexandria Steam Ferry Co. organized in 1839 and commissioned Robert Hunter to build a steam ferry boat at his shipyard on Wilkes Street for use to and from Maryland. Other steamboat companies were established between 1854 and 1866. The last ferry to operate between Alexandria and Washington appears to have been the steamer "Alexandria." It made its last voyage from the foot of King Street at 5:20 p.m. on July 27, 1912. Other steamers still served this route, among others, but did so at longer intervals.
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Bridges & Viaducts • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 27, 1912.
Location. 38° 48.248′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 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. Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Raise the White Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); Plundered! (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Mill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.