Alexandria’s Attractions Welcome Visitors April 7, 2011


April 8, 2011

Claire Mouledoux, or 703-746-3309


Alexandria's Attractions are Open for Business

 Explore Early American History in one of DC's Original Neighborhoods

ALEXANDRIA, VA - As one of Washington, DC's original neighborhoods, only Alexandria offers an authentic experience of early American history in the setting of George Washington's hometown. Alexandria's many attractions and more than 20 historic sites bring to life this country's incredible past, from colonial times through the Civil War and beyond, in a charming walkable setting teeming with contemporary delights like boutique shopping, acclaimed dining, and vibrant nightlife.

Minutes from Washington, DC, Alexandria is easily accessible with four Metrorail stops. The Free King Street Trolley runs between the King Street Metro Station and Potomac River waterfront with frequent stops for hopping on and off to enjoy all that Old Town has to offer.

With a Key to the City pass, visitors get admission to 9 historic sites plus over 90 special offers to shops, restaurants and attractions, available for just $12 at the Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King Street. Or choose the Key to the City Civil War edition, which for $14 includes Civil War history, mobile phone tour and self-guided walking tour.

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Attraction Highlights:


Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens


3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121



Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. This beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, and working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. The new Orientation Center and Museum and Education Center feature interactive displays, movies, and high-tech, immersive experiences in addition to more than 700 artifacts. Open daily. Cruise from Old Town with the Potomac Riverboat Company, April - October.



Torpedo Factory Art Center


105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


This world-renowned art center is the highlight of Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront. Constructed in 1918 for the manufacturing of torpedoes, the Torpedo Factory now features 82 working artist studios, six galleries, the Art League School and Archaeology Museum. The art center houses more than 165 visual artists who produce artwork in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture. The artists invite visitors to join them in their studios and observe their creative processes. You may ask questions, learn about each of their art forms, and purchase original work. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.



George Washington Masonic Memorial


101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301


Patterned after a lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, the Memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. Constructed on Shuter's Hill, which had played a significant historical role during the Civil War. There were two forts on the hill: Fort Dahlgren and Fort Ellsworth, which became part of the ring of more than 160 forts and batteries built to protect the capital. Open daily. Summer hours (April 1 - September 30) 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Sunday open from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Winter Hours (October 1 - March 31) 10 a.m. to March 31. Admission: First & Second floor: Free. Tower Exhibits and Observation Deck: $5pp, $20 for family of five or more. Children 12 & under are free. Please call for guided tour hours.



Museums on Market Square


Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance. Apr.-Oct.: Sun. & Mon. 1-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov.-March.: Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000 early medical care items are still in place. Patrons included George & Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee. Apr.-Oct.: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. & Mon. 1-5 p.m.; Nov.-March: Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.


Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. (tours on the hour and half hour, last tour at 4).



Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site


4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304


Fort Ward is the best preserved Civil War fort in the Defenses of Washington, the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, D.C. Fort Ward Museum interprets the site's history, life within the Defenses of Washington, and everyday life of Civil War soldiers and civilians through exhibits, tours, lectures and living history activities. The Museum and Historic Site also interpret Alexandria as an occupied city and its role as a vital Union Army crossroads. Free Admission.



Alexandria Colonial Tours/Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour,, 703-519-1749

Alexandria Tours,, 703-329-1122

Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past Ghost Tours, 703-683-3451

Bike and Roll Alexandria,, 703-548-7655

Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships,, 703-683-6076

DC Metro Food Tours,, 202-683-8847

Old Town Experience, 703-836-0694

Potomac Riverboat Company,, 703-684-0580