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Old Town, Alexandria

Old Town, Alexandria

The historic district of Old Town in the City of Alexandria has a long and rich history. Located along the Potomac River, this land was initially awarded to Robert Howson, by Sir Williams Berkeley, a colonial Governor of Virginia. Alexandria was later named after Captain Phillip Alexander II who purchased the land from Howson. George Washington also called Alexandria home after settling his estate, Mount Vernon, south of Old Town. Alexandria played a part in the Civil War by allowing Union troops to secure the city across the river from Washington. Old Town was repurposed into warehouses and hospitals for the war effort. During World War I and II, Alexandria was home to the US Naval Torpedo Station. Old Town has a variety of historical attractions for history buffs of all ages.

The cobblestone streets of present-day Old Town boast a variety of restaurants, shopping options, and historic sites. Visiting the Torpedo Factory Art Center (formerly the US Naval Torpedo Station), George Washington Masonic Memorial, or the Market Square Museums is a great way to spend an afternoon. Additionally, water taxis and boat tours launched from Old Town are a great way to tour Washington DC via the Potomac River. Residents of Old Town enjoy close proximity to our nation’s capital, historic architecture, and the ability to walk to everything one could need.