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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:31 AM   #1
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Alexandria, Virginia: Old Town

Old Town is Alexandria's historic core. The city of Alexandria was founded in 1749, and was for a short time named "Belle Haven". Alexandria was a busy port town in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Flour, tobacco, and cotton were imported and warehoused. In the early 1800s, slaves were exported to Mississippi River ports such as Natchez and New Orleans.

Alexandria was ceded to the newly-formed District of Columbia in 1791, and then was retroceded to Virginia in 1846. The city was re-chartered in 1852.


Houses on Duke Street.



St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, on Royal Street.



Wooden rowhouses on Duke Street.



Houses on Duke Street.



Houses on Fairfax Street.



Rowhouses on Fairfax Street.



Houses on Fairfax Street.



The Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Company, on Fairfax Street at King Street.



Businesses on Fairfax Street.



The Carlyle House, on Fairfax Street. The Carlyle House was built in 1753 by John Carlyle for his wife. it is the only stone Palladin-style house in Alexandria.



Houses on Cameron Street.



The Torpedo Factory Arts Center, on Union Street and along the Potomac River. The building was once a torpedo factory, and concstruction began the day after World War I ended in 1918. The building was the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, and functioned first as a torpedo manufacturer, but mainly as a munitions storage center until World War II, when torpedos were made once again.



Businesses on King Street at Lee Street.



Businesses on King Street.



Businesses on King Street at Lee Street.



A house on Lee Street.



Houses on Prince Street.



The Athenaeum, on Prince Street. The Athenaeum was built in 1851 as the Bank of the Old Dominion, and is now used as a cultural center.



Houses on Prince Street.



Houses on Prince Street, on the block known as "Captain's Row", between Lee and Union Streets.



Houses along Captain's Row, on Prince Street. Captain's Row was built in 1783.



Houses on the end of Captain's Row, on Prince Street near Union Street.



Houses on Lee Street. The Bisson House is on the left.



A house on Lee Street.



Houses on Lee Street.



The Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse, known as the First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, on Fairfax Street. The church was built in 1771.



Businesses on Fairax Street.



The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop Museum, on Fairfax Street. The apothecary shop first opened in 1792 and was once the oldest operating pharmacy in the U.S.



Alexandria City Hall, from across Market Square. Market Square is the oldest continuously-operating farmer's markets in the U.S.



Businesses on Cameron Street. The Duvall House, built in 1750, is on the right.



Houses on Fairfax Street.



Alexandria City Hall's north facade, facing Cameron Street.



Gadsby's Tavern, on Royal Street. The tavern, on the left, was built in 1785 and is now a museum. The old City Hotel, on the right, was built in 1792 as the inn for the tavern, and is now a restaurant and ballroom.



Businesses on Royal Street at Cameron Street.



Businesses on Cameron Street at Royal Street.



Two of the facades of Alexandria City Hall, from the corner of Royal & Cameron Streets.



Houses on Cameron Street. The house on the left was George Washington's townhouse, built in 1769 and used when he could not return to Mount Vernon.



Houses on Cameron Street.



Brick houses on Cameron Street.



Looking up Cameron Streeet at Christ Church.



The Lord Fairfax House, on Cameron Street. The house was built in 1800.



Christ Church, on Columbus Street. The church was built in 1773



Rowhouses on Columbus Street.



A building on Columbus Street at Muirs Court.



Houses on Washington Street at Queen Street.



Houses on Queen Street.



Houses on Queen Street.



Houses on Queen Street.



Houses on Queen Street at Pitt Street.



Houses on Queen Street.



Houses on Queen Street.



Businesses on St. Asaph Street.



The Washington Street United Methodist Church, on Washington Street.



The Confederate statue, "Appomattox", at Washington & Prince Streets. The statue was dedicated in 1889 and memorializes Alexandria's Confederate war dead.



The Alexandria Lyceum, on Washington Street. The Lyceum was built in 1839 and hosted a library and lectures for the public.



Houses on St. Asaph Street.



Rowhouses on Duke Street.



Robert E. Lee's boyhood home, on Oronoco Street. The house was built in 1795 and was the home of Light Horse Harry Lee.



An old warehouse at Union & King Streets.



Businesses on King Street.



An old building at Union & Prince Streets.



Houses on Fairfax Street.

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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #2
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What a lovely old town, and your accompanying descriptions were very helpful! This building is interesting... the top barn-like roof (which might be an add-on) became a popular thing to do to avoid taxation. Houses were taxed by the number of storeys they had, and this type of roof allowed a "cheat" to squeeze in another room or two because it was not considered a "storey"!


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Old January 26th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #3
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Very nice town
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Old January 26th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #4
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what a lovely city! alexandria is just a good old slice of american pie
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Old January 27th, 2009, 01:21 AM   #5
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Apparently the US does have some nice cities. Looks cozy and hum, nice. I like the houses, must be a nice place to live.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 03:55 AM   #6
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Great-looking homes! Thanks for these pictures.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for posting on Alexandria (my hometown)! Just some trivia:
-the Confederate statue is facing due south, with his head bowed in silent, humble reverence following the Civil War; it's beautiful because he has no guns, no horse, just a pride and humility for his home state and its fallen.
-Christ Church is where George Washington attended church (his pew there is marked).
-the Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse is where Washington was famously eulogized as "first in war, first in peace" in a historic American speech; there are also some famous graves there including Washington's doctor.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 10:55 AM   #8
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Cool thread! I had no idea Alexandria had that many 18th century buildings.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:05 PM   #9
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Wow, resurrected thread....would love to see new pics, please.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #10
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Lovely looking place - plenty of history and what a traditional American city SHOULD looks like!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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Great photos!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #12
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Beautiful pictures of a beautiful town!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #13
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I like so much this city!
Great pics!!! Wonderful buildings!!!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 10:52 PM   #14
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My mum used to live there, I showed her the photos, it took a few for her to realise where it was
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Old November 5th, 2011, 11:14 PM   #15
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A handsome town with a lot of red brick. I've not seen so much red brick before in a U.S town??
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Old November 5th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #16
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A handsome town with a lot of red brick. I've not seen so much red brick before in a U.S town??
Then you have not seen St. Louis! But, yes, Alexandria and many of the mid-atlantic cities are heavy on red brick. Especially in the older neighborhoods.

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Old November 6th, 2011, 12:15 AM   #17
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I'm very much impressed with theses preserved heritage houses.
nice shots too.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #18
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Great pics! Alexandria/Old Town is one of my favorite cities in the US. Its a place that's worth a visit if you're ever in the DC or Northern Virginia area.

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