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Alexandria was named for the family fo John Alexander, a Virginia Planter who in 1669 acquired the tract on which the town begaon. By 1732, the site was known as Hunting Creek Warehouse and in 1749 became Alexandria, thereafter a major 18th century port.

Just to the north of the spot where Great Hunting Creek entered the Potomac River, a tobacco warehouse and some other small buildings had stood for some time on steep bluffs overlooking a small but deep bay. Philip and John Alexander farmed much of the surrounding land and Hugh West oversaw the warehouse along with a ferry and tavern. In 1748, these men joined with merchants John Carlyle, William Ramsay, John Pagan and others to petition the General Assembly for the creation of a new market town. By July of 1749, the community was laid out, named "Alexandria" in honor of the Alexander family. Retreived from Alexandria's History

Those who have called Alexandria home:
Presidents of the United States: George Washington and Gerald Ford
Supreme Court Justice: Hugo Black
Secretary of the Treasury: Henry Fowler
Virginia Governors: Light Horse Harry Lee, Francis Pierpoint, Colgate Darden and Charles Robb
U.S. Congressmen: C.C. Carlin, William E. Miller, Jerry Voorhis, Howard Worth Smith and Frank Korell
Diplomats: George Kennan and Hodding Carter
Novelists: James Strange French, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Richard Halliburton, Dumas Malone and Ilka Dickman
Military Leaders: Admiral William J., Crowe, General Robert E. Lee, General Andrew J. Goodpaster, General Carl A. Spatz and General Montgomery Corse
Industrialist: Andrew Carnegie
Labor Leader: John L. Lewis
Poets: Daniel Bryan and Jean Elliot
Retrieved fromThe City of Alexandria

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A wonderful city filled with our countries history!
  • Cons:Traffic and parking not at its best:)
  • In a nutshell:A city of old and new!
  • Last visit to Alexandria: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 14, 2011
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  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Thanks for the memories of Alexandria Dee! You saw quite a bit more on your trip than I did on mine. Nice photos!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Loved your warning and dangers tip :D A lovely page.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    I kinda got lost on this page as the phone rang!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Sep 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      No problem, thank you so much for visiting my Alexandria page. Neat place to explore in person.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Walking around in the Marina and the historic part of Alexandria sounds nice. And then end the day with a meal at Fish Market!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Lovely travel pages on the city of Alexandria. The market square and Christ Church certainly sound wonderful to us. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    A great page around George Washington. I enjoyed your Samoyed on duty and the man playing music in the street!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    Enjoyed this page on Alexandria. The "Historic Homes Walk" looks like something I would enjoy. The Torpedo Factory - From manufacturing Torpedoes to creating art sounds fascinating.

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    We spent many weekends in Old Town Alexandria when we lived in the area. Thanks for the tour! Cheers, Mark

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Hi Dee, Thanks for visiting my Santorini page. Just over 36 hours until our flight takes off for Europe. Will be away for 63 days, occassionally on VT.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    I was just in Alexandria for a school function, I wish I had had the time to tour a bit more.


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