Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Port City
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
In the early years, erosion from tree removal, brick making, and cultivation caused silt to wash into the river, making it difficult for large ships to navigate the shallow waters that developed along the shore. Efforts to fill the muddy bay began immediately to extend the shoreline of the newly founded town to the deeper river channel. Cliffs were cut and "banked out," pushing land out onto the hard flats of the riverbed. Excess soil from newly built roads and structures added to the fill, as did discarded ships, ballasts, road run-off, household trash and other wastes. By 1798, the shoreline extended two full blocks into
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Location. 38° 48.267′ N, 77° 2.493′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and North Lee Street, on the left when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Alexandria (a few steps from this marker); The Athenaeum (a few steps from this marker); Home of George Gilpin 1740-1813 (within shouting distance of this marker); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ramsay House (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Ramsay House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.