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. Lee called home. Learn about busy bodies, flounder houses, spite houses, mounting blocks and colonial symbols of hospitality.
The city was incorporated in 1749, and the city plan, which was devised by the Virginia House of Burgesses, was plotted by a young surveyor named George Washington. Alexandria hosted the first conference to frame the U.S. Constitution, was the site of the first casualty of the Civil War, and endured the longest Union occupation of the war.
Tour highlights include:
- Christ Church – Episcopal church completed in 1773; George Washington, George Mason, and Robert E. Lee were members
- Carlyle House – Home of John Carlyle; completed in 1753
- Gadsby’s Tavern – The five-star hotel of its day
- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum - Washington and Lee patronized this shop
Tours are offered April-November and run Monday-Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. beginning at the Visitor Center, 221 King Street. For more information or to book a tour, contact 703.329.1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.