Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ramsay House
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Old Town Alexandria marker series.
Location. 38° 48.274′ N, 77° 2.542′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and Fairfax Street, on the left when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at sidewalk level, on the side of the house. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Ramsay House (here, next to this marker); Col. John Fitzgerald (a few steps from this marker); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (a few steps from this marker); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of George Gilpin 1740-1813 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
1. Text on the Wooden Plaque
THE RAMSAY HOUSE Built Circa 1724. Oldest house in ALEXANDRIA owned by WILLIAM RAMSAY, a Founder, Trustee, and the first Mayor of Alexandria in 1749. Later occupied by his son DENNIS RAMSAY and his descendants. Interest in preserving the house was initiated by EDWARD C. VAN DEVANTER. It was purchased by the CITY in 1944 to prevent its demolition. The ALEXANDRIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. was then authorized by the CITY COUNCIL to undertake the restoration. The work was commenced through gifts by the ALEXANDRIA ASSOCIATION and public spirited citizens. In 1955 the CITY COUNCIL appropriated funds to complete the restoration.
The CITY COUNCIL: LEROY S BENDHEIM, Mayor; JOSEPH M. PANCOAST, vice major; JAMES M. DUNCAN, Jr., councilman; JOHN J. EWALD councilman; FRANK E. MANN, councilman; JOHN T. TIGER, councilman; F. CLINTON KNIGHT, councilman. City Manager, IRA F. WILLARD. Architect for Restoration, MILTON L. GRIGG. Builder, EUGENE and CLARENCE SIMPSON. Garden and Landscaping, HUNTING CREEK GARDEN CLUB.
— Submitted March 8, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
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