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.
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, is one of the region’s top destinations for shopping, filled with locally-owned boutiques and national retailers. It’s also a haven for unexpected and hands-on shopping experiences in maker spaces and at specialty boutiques. We’ve rounded up our favorite shops in Old Town where you can do more than shop, with special happenings like workshops, tastings, fitness activities, readings and much more. Keep reading to see our favorites!