Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Alexandria waterfront reflects the perpetual relationship between people and the Potomac River. The Old Town shore documents a history rich in individual and collective maritime, commercial, and cultural concerns. Waterfront Walk designates historically significant sites along Alexandria’s waterfront. By walking the marked route, these sites provide insights into the waterfront’s changing character and its role in the City’s history.
Standing buildings and wharves, archaeological sites, photographs, documents, and memories of elder citizens have brought the different activities and waterscapes into focus. The water in the historic period served as a magnet for the transfer and storage of goods, manufacture, retail business, recreation and residence. The wealthy merchant, the British or Russian sailor, the free Black barber’s family, the Jewish immigrant shopkeeper, the carpenter, and the dressmaker’s children all engaged in their various activities within three blocks of the water’s edge. Before the historic period, in prehistoric times, Native Americans built their villages, traveled the river, and fished along the bluffs and marshes that once characterized the waterfront.
Throughout the centuries the river has remained an integral part of Alexandria’s existence. Yet
Location. 38° 48.245′ N, 77° 2.371′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of The Strand and King Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in King Street Park. 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. Raise the White Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Factory Art Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Torpedo Factory Art Center / United States Naval Torpedo Station (Building Two) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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