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
Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria’s red brick sidewalks hum with over 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums, dynamic arts and happenings at the waterfront. Whether you’ve got a day or an entire weekend to spend in Alexandria, watch our video on the Top 5 Must-Sees for all the can’t-miss things to do while you’re visiting.
Alexandria, Virginia, located on the waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C., is known for its independent restaurants, walkable cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks, and a bustling downtown that hums with artistic energy. That doesn’t change at night, when some of the best food specials, live music and entertainment are happening in the Port City.
Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C., is chock-full of free fun for all ages and interests. Here’s our go-to guide for more than 50 totally free things to do in Alexandria, including local favorites.
The stories of PBS’ Mercy Street live in Alexandria. Now that you’ve seen the show, you can explore the real sites, stories and people that inspired the series right here in Alexandria.
PBS describes Mercy Street as a Civil War drama that “follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict” in order to show viewers what life was like on the home front during the war. With only ONE episode left in the first season of Mercy Street, today’s blog post will focus on these two nurses and the real women who inspired their characters.
After watching PBS’ Mercy Street, some of you are asking if that’s really what it was like during the Civil War, particularly in regards to medicine and medical treatments. Keep reading to learn why the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ and how you can explore more by visiting the sites in Alexandria that inspired the series.
In the premier episode of PBS’ Mercy Street season one, the bulk of the action takes place on the Green family property, including their home, called “the Mansion House,” and their hotel, which was expropriated by Federal troops for use as a Union hospital during the Civil War. The Mansion House Hospital, already transformed from the hotel when the show begins, is where we see Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Dr. Jed Foster (Josh Radnor) work together treating Union and Confederate soldiers in the first episode.
With cooler fall weather comes the onset of race season, and Alexandria is no exception. Hundreds of runners will hit the city streets for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon this weekend, the .US National 12K in November, and many 5k and 10k races in between. Whether you’re training for an upcoming race or just want to hit the trails for some exercise, Alexandria offers both scenic and urban running routes that will be sure to get you motivated and out the door!