Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Alexander Family
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1669.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,456 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.