Walking History Tour of Alexandria (short)

Old Jul 18th, 2021, 07:38 AM
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Walking History Tour of Alexandria (short)

I live in Montreal but have been in northern Virginia helping my parents around the house over the last two months. Funny enough I hadnít been to Old Town Alexandria in about 20 years and had never done a walking tour. Getting to the Visitorís Center found in the oldest Alexandria home (the Ramsay House) from where the tour leaves is quite straightforward by metroóget off at King St and then thereís a free trolley to the City Hall in the heart of Old Town right across the street.

It is interesting to learn about the history from a trained guide. Thereís the Starbucks I ordered an iced tea from that I had no idea was George Washingtonís grain storage building, the beauty of Captainís Row with cobblestones and the original boot scrapers, old taverns, the old
pipes that say Alexandria DC (I partially grew up in northern Virginia and had no idea that Alexandria was a part of the district once) and the awful legacy of Market Square and the slave trade, which according to the guide was a significant reason Alexandria left the District of Columbia. Well-done and educational; I felt my $15 was well-spent.

Todayís King Street is closed off in places to traffic and has flower boxes and trees strategically placed, lending an almost European-like charm to the historic street. Iíd recommend Old Town for the tour but also since it is a beautiful place to while away a day.

Hope you all are finding ways to have an enjoyable summer! Daniel

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Old Jul 18th, 2021, 09:57 AM
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Cobblestones on Captainís Row (Prince Street)


King Street pedestrian zone and sidewalk restaurants


View waiting for the metro
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Old Jul 18th, 2021, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for this, Daniel. Nice pix. If I ever knew, I'd forgotten that Alexandria was part of D.C.

Did the tour include the Torpedo Factory? The actual factory became a vibrant arts center. I haven't followed how Covid affected its activities.

Edited to add that I checked my mini Alexandria TR. You commented that Alexandria was in your future. Glad it worked out.

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Old Jul 18th, 2021, 01:00 PM
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Hi TdudetteóThe tour passed in front of the Torpedo Factory Gallery and discussed it but did not go inside. The art gallery was a focus when I was in Alexandria some maybe 20 years ago, I didnít end up going this time.

Funny, I hadnít remembered commenting about Alexandria but indeed I found your report and there was me 6 years ago saying that I really must go back when in the area. And I finally did, with the history tour as the excuse!

Best wishes, Daniel
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