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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Alexandria, Virginia

Clickable Map of Alexandria, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Alexandria Ind. City, VA (378) Arlington County, VA (461) Fairfax County, VA (712) Washington, DC (2607) Prince George s County, MD (644)  Alexandria(378) Alexandria (378)  ArlingtonCounty(461) Arlington County (461)  FairfaxCounty(712) Fairfax County (712)  D.C.(2607) Washington (2607)  PrinceGeorge'sCountyMaryland(644) Prince George's County (644)
Adjacent to Alexandria, Virginia
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1 Virginia, Alexandria, Alexandria West — An American Indian Camp in the Uplands — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
Small groups of people occupied a temporary camp here between 4,500 and 3,200 years ago. This era, called the Late Archaic by archaeologists, is characterized by changes in lifestyle. Growing numbers of people seasonally gathered in larger . . . Map (db m214232) HM
2 Virginia, Alexandria, Alexandria West — Cabin in Historic Fairfax County — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
This land was once part of more than 1,100 acres acquired by the Terrett family by the mid-19th century. Within Fairfax County until annexed by the City of Alexandria in 1952, the area was primarily agricultural fieldsd and woodlands here before . . . Map (db m214230) HM
3 Virginia, Alexandria, Eisenhower East — African American Heritage Memorial
[Plaque on the left side of the entrance:] From the establishment of Alexandria in 1749 to the present time, African Americans have been a vibrant part of this city's history. The City of Alexandria would not exist in its present form were . . . Map (db m131547) HM
4 Virginia, Alexandria, Eisenhower East — Hubert N. ("Dutch") Hoffman, Jr. — February 26, 1920 - June 15, 2002 — Hoffman Town Center —
"This will always be the Land of Opportunity."
Dutch Hoffman was born in Washington, D.C. He was orphaned at the age of 16 when his only living relative, his sister Mildred, died during childbirth. After his death, . . . Map (db m239756) HM
5 Virginia, Alexandria, Eisenhower East — The Cameron Valley — Early Industrial Development in Western Alexandria — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
The area west of the Mill Race complex once was a sloping meadow through which ran the meandering tail race of the Cameron Mills. The mill site itself was located beneath what is now the parking garage of the Hoffman Center complex. Built in the . . . Map (db m27230) HM
6 Virginia, Alexandria, Eisenhower East — The Duke Street Tanyard — Alexandria Heritage Trail
Peter Wise, a city councilman and tanner, established the Duke Street Tanyard in 1797. The Business was situated near the stone bridge on the east bank of Hooff's Run by West End Village. The tannery's ownership and name changed many times; Quakers . . . Map (db m72479) HM
7 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Bush Hill
Josiah Watson, a wealthy merchant and postmaster of Alexandria, established his 272-acre plantation, “Bush Hill”, in 1791. Richard Marshall Scott purchased the plantation in 1791; his family stayed here for 200 years. Scott was an . . . Map (db m2610) HM
8 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Cloud's Mill Race
This historic site is a section of the mill race that provided water power to Cloud's Mill which stood directly across Paxton street. At the intersection of Beauregard and Morgan Streets, water diverted from the Holmes Run ran through the . . . Map (db m150801) HM
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9 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Excavating Historic Ships — City of Alexandria — Est. 1749 —
Archaeologists excavated four ship hull remnants along the Alexandria waterfront — one from the Hotel Indigo Site (44AX229) and three from the Robinson Landing Site (44AX235). Over 200 years ago, Alexandrians repurposed these old merchant ships . . . Map (db m216125) HM
10 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Hensley Park — Dedicated June 1987
This park is named for Joseph M. Hensley, the City of Alexandria's Director of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities from 1977 until his retirement in 1986. Joe devoted 33 years to improving the quality of life in Alexandria. Among the . . . Map (db m197471) HM
11 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — James Marx All Veterans Park
James Marx All Veterans Park May 30, 1994Map (db m150791) WM
12 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Ponding and Preservation — City of Alexandria — est. 1749 —
Archaeologists excavated four ship hull remnants along the Alexandria waterfront — one from the Hotel Indigo Site (44AX229) and three from the Robinson Landing Site (44AX235). Over 200 years ago, Alexandrians repurposed these old merchant ships . . . Map (db m216130) HM
13 Virginia, Alexandria, Landmark — Reconstructing the Past — City of Alexandria — Est. 1749 —
Archaeologists excavated four ship hull remnants along the Alexandria Waterfront — one from the Hotel Indigo Site (44AX229) and three from the Robinson Landing Site (44AX235). Over 200 years ago, Alexandrians repurposed these old merchant ships . . . Map (db m216126) HM
14 Virginia, Alexandria, Oakcrest — A Crossroads Through Time — City of Alexandria Est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
Three roads formed this Fairfax County intersection by the early 19th century. Braddock Road, Middle Turnpike (later called Leesburg Pike/King Street/Route 7) and Quaker Lane were the wagon routes for trade between the port town of Alexandria and . . . Map (db m150816) HM
15 Virginia, Alexandria, Oakcrest — T-45 — Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School, on the hill to the southwest, was founded in 1839 as a boys' preparatory school, one of the first in the South; girls were admitted in 1991. The school was a pioneer in the establishment of student honor codes in preparatory . . . Map (db m7559) HM
16 Virginia, Alexandria, Oakcrest — This Flag Flies
This flag flies in honor of all the men and women whose gallant service and courageous efforts have kept this nation free and safe for all AmericansMap (db m150815) WM
17 Virginia, Alexandria, Oakcrest — T-44 — Virginia Theological Seminary — Founded 1823
Half mile to the southwest. The idea for such an institution was conceived by a group of Alexandria and Washington clergymen in 1818. Among those interested was Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. Originally at corner of . . . Map (db m7561) HM
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18 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — "For God and Country"
In Loving Memory of Kate Waller Barrett, 1859-1925 First President American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia 1922 National President American Legion Auxiliary 1923 ▼▲▼▲▼ This Tablet . . . Map (db m72401) HM
19 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 115 Prince Street — Captain's Row
George Washington's 1749 Survey shows this lot fronting the Potomac River. The original house on this site was built in 1783. It was destroyed in the great fire of January 18, 1827, which consumed 53 houses and numerous outbuildings in Old Town. . . . Map (db m71794) HM
20 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 204 South Royal
Built in 1880, 204 South Royal Street was originally the site of the Concordia Hotel. Commissioned by Jacob Borhaus, the Concordia incorporated every modern convenience. The original hotel entrance was located on Royal Street. A two story wing . . . Map (db m131347) HM
21 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 414-412 Prince Street
In 1850, William N. McVeigh bought a frame house on this site at public auction. Soon after the purchase, McVeigh had the small house demolished, and construction began on a pair of three-story brick houses. The Alexandria Gazette and . . . Map (db m146441) HM
22 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 511 Prince Street
George Washington purchased this lot in 1763 Frame house built 1798 Enlarged and encased in brick in 1853 by William McVeighMap (db m146414) HM
23 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — A Rich History on the Alexandria Waterfront
1880 On September 1, 1880 the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) was organized to combine physical fitness and sport with a social atmosphere. The members built their first clubhouse on May 1, 1881 located on the Strand between Duke and . . . Map (db m195594) HM
24 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — A Tale of Three Jurisdictions
Did you know that you traverse the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia when you cross this bridge? The brass lines in the walkway mark the boundaries. They also commemorate the cooperation required to build this bridge. Follow the . . . Map (db m140997) HM
25 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — A Very Different View: Living and Working in 1700s Alexandria
Alexandria's Changing Shoreline In 1749 the town of Alexandria was laid out on 10 to 15 foot bluffs around a crescent of shallow water. The back edge of John Carlyle's property, where you are standing now, was about 15 feet above the Potomac . . . Map (db m129171) HM
26 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — A World War I Shipyard Transforms Jones Point — From Shoals to Ships — 1918-1921 —
During World War I (1914-1918), the U.S. government targeted Jones Point as the site for a private shipyard, one of 111 built to aid the war effort. The Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation yard, constructed just before war's end, was designed to build . . . Map (db m127780) HM
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27 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 10 — African American Neighborhoods in the Civil War — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
During the Civil War, thousands of formerly enslaved individuals came to Union-controlled Alexandria to seek refuge and freedom. As a result, several new African American neighborhoods developed during and after the Civil War, including four in . . . Map (db m239750) HM
28 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Map — African American Waterfront Heritage Trail — City of Alexandria, Est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
The African American Heritage Trail along the waterfront consists of two interconnecting routes. Both begin at Waterfront Park. Together, these trails illuminate the history of the African American community in Alexandria over a span of several . . . Map (db m239718) HM
29 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria — A Place Through Time — Reported missing
13,000 years ago The Paleoindian Period A Native American hunter during the Paleoindian period discards a broken spear point, on a bluff overlooking a tributary to the Potomac River at the southern edge of present-day Alexandria. . . . Map (db m166409) HM
30 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Academy — 1732 1932
Erected 1785, Chartered by the General Assembly of Virginia 1786, with the following trustees: George Washington William Brown John Fitzgerald William Baker Samuel Hanson William Hartshorne Benjamin Dulany David Stuart Charles . . . Map (db m175873) HM
31 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Archaeology Museum — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
The launch of urban renewal in 1965 led to a boom of archaeological discoveries in Alexandria's Old and Historic District. As buildings were razed exposing artifact-laden layers of history, community outcry demanded that the City address and halt . . . Map (db m115770) HM
32 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Post No. 24, American Legion
This structure stands on the site of a late eighteenth-century brick dwelling, part of a complex owned by John Wise and leased to John Gadsby, both noted Alexandria tavern keepers. The Alexandria Post No. 24, American Legion, purchased the . . . Map (db m129180) HM
33 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Railroads
Three railroads developed in Alexandria during the mid-19th century, a period of limited industrial expansion for the City. Alexandrians had a invested heavily in the Alexandria Canal which opened in 1843, giving the city access to the rich . . . Map (db m72379) HM
34 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Washington Lodge — No. 22 AF & AM
Chartered A.D. 1788 Destroyed by Fire May 19, A.D. 1871 Rebuilt A.D. 1874 Adolf Cluss - Architect This plaque mounted in cooperation with the City of Alexandria by the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 Ancient Free and . . . Map (db m69947) HM
35 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria Waterfront
Alexandrians created waterfront land by banking out the shoreline using timber cribbing and old ships including three discovered on this site. For over two centuries this land embodied Alexandria's working waterfront with an evolving mix of . . . Map (db m204474) HM
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36 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria, D.C. — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Alexandria was established by Virginia's colonial assembly in 1749, over four decades the U.S. Congress authorized creation of a national capital on the banks of the Potomac River. Once the final site for the Federal city was selected by President . . . Map (db m141166) HM
37 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Alexandria, Virginia — Market Square — Alexandria Historic District —
Wording on stone tablet to left: Alexandria, Virginia County seat of Fairfax 1742-1800 Organized 13th July, 1749 Incorporated by the Assembly of Virginia 1779 Ceded to the Federal Government 1789 First boundary . . . Map (db m167068) HM WM
38 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — ASIS International 9/11 Memorial — Reported missing
In honor and memory of our colleagues in the security profession whose lives were lost in the performance of their duty on September 11th in New York, and all others who have been called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, ASIS International . . . Map (db m131393) WM
39 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Bank of Alexandria
Established in 1792, this was the first financial institution authorized by the General Assembly of Virginia. The building was completed in 1807. It is one of the oldest surviving commercial structures in Alexandria and is a fine local example of . . . Map (db m81250) HM
40 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Barrett Library / Black History Museum
The Alexandria Library's Kate Waller Barrett Branch (2 blocks north, 1 block east) and the Alexandria Black History Museum (6 blocks north) have an unusual shared history. The library building was constructed in 1938 and named for Dr. Kate Waller . . . Map (db m115715) HM
41 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Battery Cove Filled: A New Shipyard — Reported unreadable
Between 1911 and 1912, Battery Cove, the shallow bay extending from the southern edge of Keith's Wharf southward to Jones Point, was [unreadable] for the Civil War Battery Rodgers and was used as a small [unreadable] for an extensive dredging . . . Map (db m127768) HM
42 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Battery Rodgers
Historical Site Defenses of Washington 1861-1865 Battery Rodgers Here stood Battery Rodgers, built in 1863 to prevent enemy ships from passing up the Potomac River. The battery had a perimeter of 30 yards and mounted five 200 pounder Parrott . . . Map (db m41413) HM
43 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Bayne-Fowle House — 813 Prince Street
This property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Bayne-Fowle House 1854 [Additional plaques above:] The Bayne-Fowle House has been . . . Map (db m134975) HM
44 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Braddock Road Mile "0"
In honor of Dr. Walter Powell, Founder and President of the Braddock Road Preservation AssociationMap (db m156481) HM
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45 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Brigadier General Montgomery D. Corse, CSA
Brigadier General Montgomery D. Corse, CSA Born here in 1816, died Alexandria 1895. Volunteer, Mexican War 1846-1848. Prospector in California, Commander, 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA. Post-war civic leader and banker. Buried . . . Map (db m65489) HM
46 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Carlyle House Historic Park
This unique building, constructed of stone and set back from the street, was built by John Carlyle, a British merchant and one of the original founders of Alexandria. Witness to both domestic life and war, today the house stands as a museum . . . Map (db m156562) HM
47 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Carver School — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Just two blocks north of this location along Fayette Street (named for the Marquis de Lafayette who visited Alexandria in 1824), near the southwest corner of Queen Street, stood the Old Powder House, dating from 1791-1809. On the same spot, the . . . Map (db m115713) HM
48 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Christ Church — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Before the American Revolution, the Church of England was the established church of Virginia and part of the colonial government. For administrative purposes, the colony was divided into "parishes" and all residents paid taxes to maintain church . . . Map (db m115716) HM
49 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — City Jail: A Site of Racial Terror in Alexandria — Lynching of Benjamin Thomas, 1899 — City of Alexandria, Est. 1749 —
At this intersection, a jail opened in 1827 when Alexandria was a part of Washington, D.C. In the 19th century, it housed criminals, debtors, and Civil War military prisoners. Before Emancipation, the jail was among the locations where enslaved . . . Map (db m243181) HM
50 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Civil War and Restoration
Civil War Comes to Carlyle House If you stood in this spot 150 years ago, you would be inside a building! In 1848 James Green purchased Carlyle House and the building in front of you, the first Bank of Alexandria. He turned it into a hotel . . . Map (db m129170) HM
51 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Col. John Fitzgerald
Here stood the home of Col. John Fitzgerald favorite aide-de-camp and bosom friend of WashingtonMap (db m115761) HM
52 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Colonel Francis Peyton
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, this land was part of a larger parcel owned by Colonel Francis Peyton and the land was later inherited by his son, Lucien. In 1851, Lucien Peyton sold this property, depicted on the 1845 map of Alexandria, . . . Map (db m115704) HM
53 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Colonel Michael Swope House
This house was built between 1784-1786 by Colonel Michael Swope, a Revolutionary War Battalion Commander, and his wife, Eva Kuhn Swope. Originally from York, PA, Colonel Swope was taken prisoner by the British at the beginning of the war and was . . . Map (db m149717) HM
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54 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Confederate Soldiers
"How sleep the brave who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest"
Beneath this mound lie the remains of thirty-four Confederate Soldiers Which were disinterred from the Alexandria Soldiers' Cemetery . . . Map (db m129286) HM WM
55 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — D.C.'s First Building Block — Jones Point Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
In 1791, surveyors on Jones Point began to lay out the ten-mile square that would become Washington, D.C. The first marker for the survey—the south cornerstone—was set in place on this spot. Although the stone within this protective . . . Map (db m60162) HM
56 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Dr. Bernard Stier, O.D. (1930-2005)
Dr. Bernard Stier, O.D. (1930-2005), practiced optometry at this address from the late 1950s to 1998. Dr. Stier moved his practice here after practicing at 716 King Street with his uncle, Dr. Moses Katz, O.D. (1913-1957). A longtime Alexandrian, Dr. . . . Map (db m115717) HM
57 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Duvall's Tavern
On December 31, 1783, George Washington was feted here by the Gentlemen of Alexandria celebrating his triumphant return from the Revolutionary War.Map (db m191971) HM
58 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Early Alexandria and Keith's Wharf — Reported unreadable
During the 17th century, settlers began to establish small plantations near landing places on the Potomac River. Oceangoing ships could load tobacco and other goods to export to Great Britain. The area that was to become Alexandria was still . . . Map (db m127772) HM
59 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Edgar Warfield — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
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 . . . Map (db m115749) HM
60 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Electric Railway — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Alexandria's electric streetcar system, the Washington, Alexandria & Mount Vernon Railway, was established in 1892 between Alexandria and Mount Vernon. In 1896, the line extended into Washington, crossing the Long Bridge where the 14th Street Bridge . . . Map (db m115760) HM
61 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Elton B. Hummer
On August 18, 1928, former Alexandria police sergeant Elton B. Hummer gave his life in the line of duty. In his honor and as a gift to the city of Alexandria, Mrs. Jelks H. Cabaniss, Jr. commissioned Randal's Masonry Restoration to reconstruct this . . . Map (db m225079) HM
62 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Engin Artemel
As Planning Director (1977-1984) Engin Artemel led the City of Alexandria in planning for the transformation of its industrial waterfront to one that can be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. Inspired by beautiful active urban waterfronts in . . . Map (db m99596) HM
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63 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — First Lot Sold at Auction
Erected by the Bicentennial Commission to mark the site of the first lot sold at Auction July 13th, 1749Map (db m152581) HM
64 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 22 — First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria — "Old Presbyterian Meeting House" — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
Panel 1 - upper middle of east face: The First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria founded A.D. 1772 House of worship erected 1774. Destroyed by lightning July 20, 1835. Rebuilt on the same lot A.D. 1836. Panel 2 - . . . Map (db m122164) HM
65 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 2 — Fishtown — City of Alexandria, Est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
As Virginia's population grew, so did its reliance on fish from the Potomac River as a dietary staple. In 1813, the city authorities passed a law designating the county wharf at the foot of Oronoco Street as the official place for landing fish. . . . Map (db m239715) HM
66 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Foot of King Street — Alexandria Heritage Trail — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 —
The Alexandria waterfront has changed dramatically since the City's founding in 1749. The Potomac River once flowed along the high banks about two blocks west of here near Water (now Lee) Street. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the area where . . . Map (db m182672) HM
67 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — For God and Country
Erected to the Memory of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Alexandria, Virginia who gave their lives during the World War. Geo. M. Anderton • Herbert Bernhard • Thos. W. Cook • John Crilly • Arthur Curran • Percy C. Dove • . . . Map (db m129194) WM
68 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Franklin P. Backus Courthouse — Dedicated in his honor November 17, 1989
University of Virginia, LLB 1936 Admitted to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals 1936 United States Naval Reserve Officer, World War II 1942-1946 Mayor and Member of City Council of City of Alexandria . . . Map (db m115750) HM
69 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Freedom House Museum — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
The building at 1315 Duke Street, two blocks south of here, was originally built around 1812 as a residence for General Robert Young, commander of Alexandria's militia, who died in 1824. This three-story brick building then became the . . . Map (db m115706) HM
70 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Friendship Fire Company
Organized 1774 Original building erected July 23, 1855 New addition erected October 30, 1972 Housing relics for future generations. Gift of Bernard B. BrownMap (db m65818) HM
71 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Friendship Firehouse — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
In an 18th century town of mostly wooden buildings, where open flames provided heat, light and cooking on a daily basis, Alexandrians constantly faced the danger of fire. Water to fight fires had to be carried in buckets from nearby wells, town . . . Map (db m115714) HM
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72 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Gadsby’s Tavern
Erected 1792. Popular resort and famous hostelry of the Eighteenth Century. Here was held in 1798 the first celebration of Washington's Birthday in which he participated, and from its steps Washington held his last military review and gave his last . . . Map (db m146) HM
73 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Gadsby's Tavern — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Restoration In the early 20th century Alexandria's economy was struggling, despite major efforts to develop a strong industrial base. But by the early 1920s, inspired by efforts to restore the colonial city of Williamsburg, Virginia, . . . Map (db m129178) HM
74 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Gadsby's Tavern Museum — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings — the smaller c.1875 tavern and larger 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. While both were constructed by John Wise, they were made famous by John Gadsby, a rising tavern keeper who rented the buildings . . . Map (db m115755) HM
75 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Gazette House
This building dates to 1801. Between 1852-1911 the Alexandria Gazette newspaper was printed here. In 1862 while Alexandria was occupied by the North during the Civil War, Union soldiers burned this building because it was reported here that St. Paul . . . Map (db m41832) HM
76 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 6 — George Henry, Enslaved Ship Captain — City of Alexandria, Virginia — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
Published in 1894, The Life and George Henry Together with a Brief History of the Colored People in America captures the personal experiences of the author in his own words. George Henry described himself as the enslaved captain of the . . . Map (db m239721) HM
77 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — George Johnston's Home
Trustee of Alexandria 1752 until death in 1765, and was succeeded on board of trustees by George Washington. Member of House of Burgesses and moved the adoption of Patrick Henry's resolution on the "Stamp Act."Map (db m131392) HM
78 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — George Washington in Alexandria — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
George Washington considered Alexandria his hometown after its founding in 1749, and it is here that he came to do business, learn the events of the world, pick up mail, and visit friends. His first association with the town was probably as a 17 . . . Map (db m115747) HM
79 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — George Washington Memorial Parkway — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
A visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, about nine miles to the south, has long been viewed as a patriotic duty of Americans. In the late 19th century, visitors often traveled there from Washington by boat, stopping first in Alexandria. . . . Map (db m115719) HM
80 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Green & Brother Furniture
Steam Furniture Works. Established 1828. Green & Brother, manufacturers of chamber, hall, parlor, dining-room, school, and church furniture. Wholesale and retail. Ssend for price list. Handrail, newells, balusters, brackets, bed-posts, table-legs; . . . Map (db m71742) HM
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81 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Guarding the Potomac — Battery Rodgers 1863-1865
The area around Jones Point, which lies just south of the nation’s capital, was an obvious location for early defensive fortifications. During the Civil War (1861-1865), Battery Rodgers was built overlooking the cove to guard the river approach . . . Map (db m69911) HM
82 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Hall, Bank & Tavern — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
When Alexandria was founded in 1749, this corner was planned as the main intersection in the new town, with the streets named in honor of Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, a major land-owner in Northern Virginia. From Cameron Street, . . . Map (db m167213) HM
83 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — 9 — Hayti — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 — Alexandria Heritage Trail —
In 1804, Francois-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture, a formerly enslaved Haitian Black military leader, led the only successful uprising of enslaved people in the Western Hemisphere. As a result of the rebellion, the Caribbean island of Haiti . . . Map (db m239747) HM
84 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — E-86 — Historic Alexandria
Alexandria was named for the family of John Alexander, a Virginia planter who in 1669 acquired the tract on which the town began. By 1732, the site was known as Hunting Creek Warehouse and in 1749 became Alexandria, thereafter a major 18th-century . . . Map (db m47) HM
85 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Historic Street
In the 1790's many Alexandria streets were paved with cobblestones. According to legend, Hessian soldiers provided the labor to cobble Princess Street. These cobbles remained essentially untouched until 1979, when the street was restored using the . . . Map (db m197474) HM
86 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Home of Charles Lee
[Top plaque] Home of Charles Lee First Collector of Customs, Alexandria 1789 - 1793 Designated an Historic Customhouse Vernon D. Acree U.S. Commissioner of Customs 1976 [Bottom . . . Map (db m129176) HM
87 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Home of Dr. James Craik — (Born 1730 - Died Feb. 6, 1814)
Close personal friend and family physician of Washington. Surgeon in Braddock's campaign, also with Washington throughout the Revolutionary War. Was at his bedside when he died and received his last messages.Map (db m167158) HM
88 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Home of Elisha Cullen Dick — (Born 1750 - Died 1825)
Was consulting physician in Washington's last illness. At the moment of Washington's death he stopped the bedroom clock, which can be seen in Alexandria Washington Lodge, and conducted the Masonic Funeral service at his grave.Map (db m71751) HM
89 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Home of George Gilpin 1740-1813
Home of George Gilpin 1740-1813 Member, Fairfax Committee of Safety Colonel, Virginia Regiment Fairfax Militia, Served with General George Washington in New Jersey campaign and Battle of Germantown Surveyor of the Town of . . . Map (db m115764) HM
90 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Home of Henry Lee — (Light Horse Harry)
Famous Revolutionary Soldier, Father of Robert E. Lee. Was ardent supporter of Federalists. Defended Washington in political contests and delivered eulogy before Congress at Washington's Death in which he used the now famous phrase: "First in . . . Map (db m72316) HM
91 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — In Memory of Captain Ryan Wojtanowski — 1953 to 2016
All stories should end with accumulating snow. Increasing depth racing the concluding plot Erasing the physical details of the recent narrative Leaving only softened shapes and relative positions And as the end obliterating even . . . Map (db m143372) HM
92 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — In Memory of the Honorary Pall-Bearers of General George Washington
Fellow townsmen, brother Masons, trusted friends, comrades in the cause of American Independence. Col. Charles Simms Col. Dennis Ramsay Col. William Payne Col. George Gilpin Col. Philip Marsteller Col. Charles Little In memory . . . Map (db m129193) HM
93 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Industrialization of the Strand — Alexandria Heritage Trail — City of Alexandria, est. 1749 —
During the 19th century, numerous entrepreneurs gradually improved the lots and expanded the warehouses and wharves associated with the 200 block of the Strand. Josiah Davis owned many properties along Alexandria's waterfront and bought property . . . Map (db m195640) HM
94 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — John Douglass Brown House
Farm house in Fairfax County, Virginia, located upon part of a seven hundred acre land patent granted to Margaret Brent in 1654. Owned and occupied by descendants of John Douglass Brown and Mary Goulding Gretter since 1816.Map (db m71738) HM
95 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — John Fitzgerald — 1776-1976
This building was the warehouse of John Fitzgerald, Alexandria merchant and officer of the third Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line. Colonel Fitzgerald was a close friend of General George Washington and he was his secretary and aide-de-camp . . . Map (db m81247) HM
96 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — E-117 — Jones Point
American Indians first frequented Jones Point to hunt and fish. The point is likely named for an early English settler. By the 1790's, military installations were established at Jones point due to its strategic location on the Potomac River. The . . . Map (db m79997) HM
97 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — King Street Gardens Park
■ a living public art sculpture encompassing the entire park ■ a combination of three garden types: a hanging garden, topiary garden and rain garden ■ the result of an international design competition an important example of . . . Map (db m243158) HM
98 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — E-91 — Lee’s Boyhood Home — Reported permanently removed
Robert E. Lee left this home that he loves so well to enter West Point. After Appomattox he returned and climbed the wall to see “if the snowballs were in bloom.” George Washington dined here when it was the home of William Fitzhugh, Lee’s kinsman . . . Map (db m8548) HM
99 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Lee-Fendall House — City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, purchased several lots on North Washington Street in Alexandria soon after the War for Independence. He lived with his family in a house on Cameron . . . Map (db m115721) HM
100 Virginia, Alexandria, Old Town — Living History — Reported permanently removed
Discover the spirit of Alexandria that has been making history for well over two centuries Founded in 1749, Alexandria was the center of commercial and political activity for early patriots such as George Washington as the seeds of the . . . Map (db m115776) HM

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