Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to explore women’s history in Alexandria, from sites associated with abolitionist Harriet Jacobs to new waterfront restaurant Vola’s Dockside Grill named after Alexandria’s first female city manager and local Civil Rights leader Vola Lawson. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including almost 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.
Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the perfect blend of locally-known hidden gems and contemporary conveniences, all in one walkable neighborhood. Home to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum as well as African American heritage sites and locally-loved restaurants, we’ve rounded up our can’t-miss Carlyle stops so you can spend a day exploring the neighborhood. Continue reading