May 22nd, 2015
First established 1749, Old Town Alexandria has experienced a lot in her 266-year history. This historic town on the banks of the Potomac has served as a bustling seaport, a tobacco trading post, and was once part of Washington DC. It’s also a well-known fact that Old Town Alexandria was the hometown of George Washington. (The president’s famous estate, Mount Vernon, is just 8 miles south.)
It’s no surprise, then, that Old Town welcomes countless history buffs who arrive to tour her preserved Federal period architecture and historic sites and stroll her brick-lined streets. In fact, the city of Alexandria as a whole is home to more than 40 sites, districts, and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places! Here are just a few that shouldn’t be missed!
1) Alexandria City Hall and Market House (301 King Street)
Did you know that the Saturday farmers’ market at the Alexandria City Hall and Market House dates all the way back to 1752, when this site was first used as a court house and town hall?
2) Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St.)
This late-18th-century tavern and inn hosted and entertained notable figures in American history. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe are among the inn’s known patrons.
3) Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (107 S. Fairfax St)
In continuous operation from 1805 through 1933, this apothecary-turned-museum is host to countless herbal botanicals, prescription and formula books, and medical equipment, all of which is on display for museum visitors. It’s said that Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee were known to frequent this shop!
For more about Old Town Alexandria, visit the links below, and tell us, The Kingsley residents: What’s your favorite historic attraction in Old Town Alexandria?
Alexandria History [Visit Alexandria]
Alexandria History [City of Alexandria]
Alexandria Historic Sites [City of Alexandria]