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

Waterfront Walk

 
 
Waterfront Walk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
1. Waterfront Walk Marker
Inscription. (Panel 1)
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.

(Panel 2)
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
Waterfront Walk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
2. Waterfront Walk Marker
the Potomac’s possibilities for subsistence, wealth, enjoyment, and community life have been interpreted in distinctive ways by maritime heritage. Waterfront Walk recreates these earlier times for our appreciation today.
 
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); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Factory Art Center / United States Naval Torpedo Station (Building Two) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engin Artemel (about 500 feet away); 115 Prince Street (about 600 feet away); Historic Alexandria (about 600 feet away); The Fairfax House (about 700 feet away); Home of Elisha Cullen Dick (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Waterfront Walk -Anchor image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
3. Waterfront Walk -Anchor
Waterfront Walk-Anchor-Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
4. Waterfront Walk-Anchor-Memorial Plaque
With gratitude Old Dominion Boat Club, established July 1880 recognizes John W. Friday II for his long and devoted service as Commodore in May 1974. Mr. Friday donated this anchor as tribute to our founders.
Waterfront Walk-Torpedo Factory image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
5. Waterfront Walk-Torpedo Factory
Waterfront Walk-Wide view with the frozen Potomac River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
6. Waterfront Walk-Wide view with the frozen Potomac River
Waterfront Walk-George Washington Birthday Celebration poster image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
7. Waterfront Walk-George Washington Birthday Celebration poster
Waterfront Walk-Old Town Alexanderia panel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
8. Waterfront Walk-Old Town Alexanderia panel
Waterfront Walk-Living History panel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
9. Waterfront Walk-Living History panel
Waterfront Wal-Visiting old town and unique charm panels image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
10. Waterfront Wal-Visiting old town and unique charm panels
Waterfront Walk-Alexandria-a place through time panel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
11. Waterfront Walk-Alexandria-a place through time panel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 6, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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