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Historic Sites & Attractions in Alexandria

 

As George Washington's hometown, Alexandria has more than 140 locations with ties to the nation's first president, along with a host of intimate museums highlighting the beginnings of America. Just nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria at George Washington's Mount Vernon, traipse through the historic grounds, perusing documents and ephemera once sacred to key historic players. Several sites work to weave the rich tapestry of the city's history from the 18th-century to the present, like the Carlyle House, once home to Alexandria co-founder John Carlyle, and the Alexandria Black History Museum, which details the city's strong African-American leaders from the Civil War to civil rights and beyond.

Alexandria also nods to its vast creative history at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II munitions factory turned 82 artist studios and six galleries, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the US Patent and Trademark Office, whose interactive exhibits celebrate modern innovation.Explore Alexandria with the "Key to the City" museum pass, which grants visitors access into nine premiere sites, or celebrate the city's history at lively seasonal events. This year, Alexandria celebrates the bicentennial of the city's involvement in the War of 1812 with special tours, film viewings and a waterfront festival featuring a rematch with the British Embassy.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center

  • 105 N. Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! Constructed in 1918 for the manufacturing of torpedoes, the Torpedo Factory now features 82 working artists' studios, six galleries, the Art League School, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and a…Learn More

Alexandria Colonial Tours

  • 201 King Street
  • Suite 302
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria's Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. Our Colonial costumed guides lead you by lantern light telling you ghost stories, legends and folklore. Reservations accepted. Tours leave from garden of…Learn More

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Alexandria Black History Museum

  • 902 Wythe Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Black America. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4…Learn More

Alexandria Colonial Tours' Kids' Scavenger Hunt

  • 201 King Street
  • Suite 302
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Hunt through the brick-lined streets of Old Town to discover historic places and learn about George Washington and other patriots. Divide into teams and see who wins! Ages 7-11.  Map and clues…Learn More

Alexandria Tours

  • 221 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Explore charming Old Town Alexandria with a local historian. Stroll by 18th- and 19th-century houses and buildings and immerse yourself in the history of the city both George Washington and Robert E.…Learn More

Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past

  • Alexandria Visitors Center
  • 221 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Owned by a ninth-generation Virginian, this company offers a daily 90-minute history tour from Ramsay House Visitors Center. March-Dec, (Jan-Feb by appointment only). Also offered by appointment a…Learn More

Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past Ghost Tours

  • 221 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Bring a camera and follow a lantern-carrying guide who gives you lots of early history, a little suspense and mystery and a dose of "ghost."  Tour begins at Ramsay House Visitor Center.   Reservations…Learn More

Athenaeum

  • 201 Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! A Greek Revival building built in 1851, it was home to the Bank of the Old Dominion, where Robert E. Lee did his banking. Today it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts…Learn More

Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center
  • 2701 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305

The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans' Memorial honors the service and supreme sacrifice of the 67 men from Alexandria who either died in Vietnam and the surrounding area during that…Learn More

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. Daily…Learn More

Christ Church

  • 118 N. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

This beautiful English country-style church was built between 1767-1773 and was attended by George Washington & Robert E. Lee. Tours available Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 2-4 p.m., with Sun. morning…Learn More

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington. The museum, patterned after a Union headquarters building, houses a…Learn More

Freedom House

  • 1315 Duke Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Once headquarters for the slave-trade operation of Franklin, Armfield & Co., this historic building now houses the Northern Virginia Urban League's newly opened museum. Self-guided tours Monday-Friday…Learn More

Friendship Firehouse

  • 107 S. Alfred Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now houses historic firefighting equipment and…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance. Notable guests included George Washington and…Learn More

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. Open daily.…Learn More

Gunston Hall Plantation

  • 10709 Gunston Road
  • Lorton, VA 22079-3901

The 1755 Georgian-style mansion was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a framer of the U.S. Constitution. Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed major holidays.…Learn More

Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Preservation Society

  • 2823 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22301

Ivy Hill is one of Alexandria's largest and most historic cemeteries, with a wealth of protected flora and fauna. Educational and cultural programs as well as lectures and tours available.…Learn More

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

  • 614 Oronoco Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314-2308

From 1785-1903, the house served as the home to 37 members of the Lee family. John L. Lewis, a powerful and controversial labor leader, lived in the house from 1937-1969. Guided by its 1852 inventory,…Learn More

Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum

  • 201 S. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

The 1839 Greek Revival building serves as the City's history museum. An ongoing exhibition tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America. Archaeological finds, old…Learn More

Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, & working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. The new Orientation Center and…Learn More

Old Presbyterian Meeting House

  • 323 S. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Built in 1775, the church was the site of memorial services for George Washington in 1799. A memorial to an unknown soldier of the American Revolution can be visited in the churchyard. Mon.-Fri. 9…Learn More

Potomac Riverboat Company

  • 1 Cameron Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Offers seasonal sightseeing cruises, private parties, and water taxi transportation service. Cruises include the Washington monuments, the Alexandria seaport, and the Mount Vernon Estate. There is a…Learn More

Soldiers Cemetery / Alexandria National Cemetery

  • Wilkes & Payne sts.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

One of 12 sites created and dedicated by President Lincoln in 1862 to serve as military burial grounds. The cemetery holds some 3,500 graves of Civil War soldiers, including U.S. Colored Troops and…Learn More

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…Learn More

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…Learn More

Trinity United Methodist Church

  • 2911 Cameron Mill Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22302

Originally founded in 1774 in Old Town, today Trinity is a vibrant community of believers near Del Ray and the West End. Traditional service for the modern world. The gothic revival sanctuary and…Learn More

Woodlawn - Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

  • 9000 Richmond Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

George Washington gave the estate to his adopted granddaughter and his nephew as a wedding gift. Dr. William Thornton, first architect of the U.S. Capitol, was then commissioned to design the mansion.…Learn More

Woodlawn - Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

  • 9000 Richmond Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Woodlawn: America's first president gave Woodlawn as a wedding gift to his step-granddaughter. This National Historic Landmark is perfect for ceremonies, receptions, and other corporate events. Guests…Learn More

 

 

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221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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