Did you know you’re invited to one of the biggest birthday parties in America? On February 19, 2018, thousands of people (plus some dogs and horses) will march through the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the 286th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday.
Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria stands as a pioneer of early historic preservation efforts and is ranked the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S., following Charleston’s historic district and the French Quarter in New Orleans. A host of historic house museums highlight the beginnings of America, weaving the rich tapestry of the city’s history from 18th-century to the present. We’ve rounded up the top must-see historic houses and house museums in Alexandria, from our first president’s home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” masterpieces. There’s a unique story behind every door.