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

Edgar Warfield

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. Edgar Warfield Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  One of King Street's greatest commercial buildings was built by one of Alexandria's most beloved citizens. Edgar Warfield, Jr. was born in 1842, and at the age of 18 he co-founded the "Old Dominion Rifles," a Confederate militia that served in the Civil War. After the war ended, he returned home to find his hometown in economic ruin. Undeterred, he supported former Confederate General Robert E. Lee's commitment to help reunify the nation, and became a druggist, with a pharmacy on the opposite corner of North Pitt Street.

In 1906, Warfield replaced his small drugstore with a larger commercial/residential building, pictured in this 1949 photo. the three-story Warfield Building contained space for the pharmacy on the first floor, with luxurious flats above. Warfield prospered at his new site until his death in 1934, as the last Confederate veteran from Alexandria.

By 1950, King Street was the main retail center in Northern Virginia, with shops and department stores housed in buildings dating from as far back as the late 18th century. However, within a decade, the area began to deteriorate as new highways and suburban shopping centers
Edgar Warfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. Edgar Warfield Marker
developed nearby. By 1965, the once bustling thoroughfare was largely vacant, and an "urban renewal" project replaced six blocks of the historic downtown core, including Warfield's grand edifice.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Location. 38° 48.29′ N, 77° 2.681′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and North Pitt Street, on the left when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marshall House (a few steps from this marker); Franklin P. Backus Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Gadsby's Tavern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington in Alexandria (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market Square (about 300 feet away); Washington's Tenement House (about 300 feet away); Electric Railway (about 300 feet away); Site of First Services of the Salvation Army (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
Edgar Warfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
3. Edgar Warfield Marker
Edgar Warfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
4. Edgar Warfield Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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