A good History page for Alexandria, Virginia
This area was explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, but it wasn't until 1669 that land was granted to Robert Howsing to bring 120 colonists to the area. Originally known as Bellehaven, the area was divided up and the first lots sold on 13 July 1749. The town was then named Alexandria for the Alexander family.
To learn more about Alexandria, go to this page of the AlexandriaVisitors & Convention Center. You may also contact them at: 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3209
Office 703 838-4200; TDD 703 838-6494; Fax 703 838-4683
Black History Resource Center
638 North Alfred St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1823
The Center documents the history of Alexandria's African-American community. Please call for details.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304
Visitors may take a self-guided tour along the preserved earthwork wells which have been well preserved to reflect a major fortification in the defense of Washington. The Fort's Northwest Bastion has also been completely restored. The museum, patterned after a Union headquarters building, houses a fine Civil War collection. Please call for details
107 S. Alfred St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3001
The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774. The current firehouse was built in 1871 and now houses exhibitions and historic firefighting equipment. Please call for details.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
Gadsby's consists of two tavern buildings, the 1770 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. Visitors can tour the historic rooms restored to their 18th-century appearance. Archaeological excavation, paint analysis and research of surviving documents have provided an accurate picture of the furnishings and use of the buildings. Please call for details
Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee
607 Oronoco St.
This elegant mansion was the home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee for most of his boyhood years. The stately Federal town house was built in 1795 and is tastefully and artistically furnished with authentic period pieces. Please call for details.
220 N. Washington St.
A branch of the Alexandria Library which features a Civil War collection, photographs, maps, microforms, and manuscripts pertaining to Alexandria. Virginia history and genealogy.
Please call for details
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Garden
Southern and of George Washington Parkway 9 miles from Alexandria
Treasured estate of George and Martha Washington. The elegant mansion has been meticulously restored to its appearance in the last year of Washington's life, from the paint colors on the wells to the actual arrangement of the furnishings, many of which are original. Please call for details.
Return to Index
To contact the city of Alexandria by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1948, the City Council has consisted of a Mayor and six council members all elected at large. In 1950, an act of the General Assembly provided a new charter.
Alexandria Libraries A page for Alexandria Libraries