Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is one of the D.C. region’s oldest neighborhoods and the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S. The local newspaper, the Alexandria Gazette Packet, is even one of the oldest continually published newspapers in America, originally founded in 1784. With such a rich span of history, Alexandria is home to some unique historical sites and discoveries, including old traditions that are worth a new look. We’ve rounded up 10 of Old Town’s oldest spots you don’t want to miss.
Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading
Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s history is filled with remarkable stories and mysterious legends of spirits who still haunt the city’s brick-lined streets. And now, Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary that one day is not enough to experience all of the eclectic tricks and treats throughout October. Whether you’re in search of hair-raising haunts, family fun, or a reason to dress your dog in costume, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, performances and more.
Are you ready for an eerie-sistible Halloween in Alexandria? To kick off this spook-tacular month, today’s post is brought to you by Wellington Watts, owner and veteran tour guide of Alexandria Colonial Tours, perhaps best known for his Ghost and Graveyard Tour through haunted Old Town. Discover the story of Alexandria’s most famous ghost below… Continue reading