Alexandria Tourist Attractions
Alexandria is a metropolitan city that rubs shoulders with Washington, DC. The city is a mix of new and old and has an active cultural scene. The city is also blessed with an abundance of 18th and 19th Century architecture, most of which has been beautifully restored. The city bills itself as "The Fun Side of the Potomac".
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
A visit to the Gadsby's Tavern Museum is a great way to step back in time and experience the 18th Century in Alexandria. The museum is divided between two properties, the tavern and the City Hotel, both built in the late 1700s. On display at Gadsby's Tavern Museum are a variety of antique items that belonged to the owner, John Gadsby.Visitors can visit the museum by day or by night on Friday night Lantern Tours during the summer. Or, for a more personal experience try attending one of the 18th century Balls or other programs hosted by the museum.
Official site: oha.alexandriava.gov/gadsby
Address: 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226, United States
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria has an interesting history. This attraction will be important to anyone with an interest in the US Civil War. The adjoining graveyard holds the tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier. The building was completed in 1772 and has been maintained ever since by a loyal and active congregation. The Old Presbyterian Meeting House is located in the Old Town area of Alexandria and visitors are always welcome.
Official site: www.opmh.org
Address: 323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3716, United States
Ramsay House Visitor Center
The Ramsay House Visitor Center in Alexandria is a fascinating place to visit. Contained within the walls of this home built in the 1770s is a vast collection of interesting facts related to Alexandria. Visitors to Alexandria should plan on making the Ramsay House Visitor Center their first stop in town so they can easily plan their visit. The house is an excellent example of architecture from the late 18th Century and the gambrel roof design is rarely seen today.
A visit to the Woodlawn Plantation located in Alexandria is like stepping back into a bygone era. This National Trust Historic site is a commanding home on a sprawling acreage. Inside the home visitors will find period pieces from the 18th Century along with interior decorations from the same timeframe. Be sure to check out the wonderful views of Mount Vernon and the Potomac River from the second story windows.
Official site: www.woodlawn1805.org
Address: 9000 Richmond Highway, Box 37, Alexandria, VA 22309-1506, United States
The Pope-Leighey House will be a familiar attraction for those fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. This home located in Alexandria, was designed by the famous architect and highlights his quest at the time for a home that was both affordable and functional. The interior of the house has some interesting architectural features, many of which are found in today's modern homes. The home is easily accessible from Washington, and makes an ideal day trip when combined with Alexandria's other attractions.
Official site: www.popeleighey1940.org
Address: Box 15097, Alexandria, VA 22309, United States
Alexandria Black History Resource Center
The Alexandria Black History Resource Center and the Black History Museum deals with the history of the area and African American life. The museum contains a diverse collection of items, including art, religous artifacts, stamps, and photographs. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center is comprised of the Black History Museum, The Watson Reading Room, and the African American Heritage Park.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory
Address: 638 North Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1823, United States
Carlyle House located in Alexandria houses all manner of memorabilia devoted to John Carlyle. The home is filled with period pieces and done up in the fashions of the time. The architectural style is 18th Century Palladian. Carlyle House also features a gift shop on the premises.
Official site: www.nvrpa.org/park/carlyle_house_historic_park
Address: 121 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229, United States
Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism
The Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism in Alexandria is dedicated to preserving American heritage and history. The library's collection contains unique and historic volumes, with an emphasis on the Masonic Fraternity. The Collingwood Library and Museum is housed in a restored, late 19th Century mansion.
Official site: www.collingwoodlibrary.com
Address: 8301 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308-1316, United States
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site located in Alexandria is a reconstructed Civil War Fort that was intended to protect Washington, DC. The museum shows what life was like back in the 1860's during the Civil War. Also on offer are a variety of educational programs and living history activities along with Civil War memorabilia.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/FortWard
Address: 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304-1007, United States
Friendship Firehouse Museum
The Friendship Firehouse Museum located in Alexandria is housed in a building built in 1885. The firehouse features several levels with displays on each. The displays show interesting items such as hoses, leather water buckets, and historic fire fighting equipment.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/FriendshipFirehouse
Address: 107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3001, United States
George Washington's River Farm
George Washington's River Farm in Alexandria was owned by George Washington who acquired the property in 1760. He rented the property out but did not live at the River Farm. Today the farm is owned by the American Horticultural Society and is a gardeners paradise.
Official site: www.ahs.org/river_farm/
Address: 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308-1300, United States
The Lyceum, located in Alexandria, was built in the mid 19th Century to be used as central gathering place for intellectual discovery and discussion. Over the years it has been used for many different purposes including a hospital. Today the Lyceum is a museum devoted to the history of Alexandria.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/Lyceum
Address: 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3625, United States
Torpedo Factory Art Center
The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria is a visual arts center that features artist studios where visitors can see artists at work and as well as their artwork. The Torpedo Factor features 82 working studios, 6 galleries, 2 workshops, and The Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
Official site: www.torpedofactory.org
Address: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3217, United States
Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Laboratory
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Laboratory in Alexandria is a fascinating place to visit if you are interested in ancient history and how it is extracted from the sands of time. The museum has an active calendar of community events and a renowned educational program.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/Archaeology
Address: 105 North Union Street, #327, Alexandria, VA 22314-3217, United States
Christ Church in Alexandria was built in 1773 and attended by both George Washington and Robert E. Lee. It was also visited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors can tour Christ and learn all about its history.
Official site: www.historicchristchurch.org
Address: 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States
Doorways to Old Virginia
Explore Alexandria on a guided tour of the historic district with the tour company, Doorways to Old Virginia. Visitors will learn about the history and development of Alexandria.
Address: Box 20485, Alexandria, VA 22320-1485, United States
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The Memorial was dedicated to George Washington in 1932 as an expression of the Masonic fraternity's faith. The Memorial was constructed entirely with voluntary contributions from members of the Masonic Fraternity.
Official site: www.gwmemorial.org
Address: 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301-2751, United States
Lee-Fendall House Museum
The Lee-Fendell House Museum was built in the late 18th Century and currently stands in the Historic District of Old Alexandria. The home is furnished in period pieces and is surrounded by award winning gardens that are pleasant spots to linger.
Official site: www.leefendallhouse.org
Address: 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2308, United States
Potomac Riverboat Co.
The Potomac Riverboat Co. takes visitors to Alexandria on sightseeing trips or functions simply as a shuttle between Alexandria and Washington, DC. Boat tours take in the waterfront sites of Georgetown, Arlington, and Alexandria.
Official site: www.potomacriverboatco.com/national-harbor.php
Address: 205 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314-3319, United States
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum located in Alexandria showcases the way ailments were dealt with in the 1700's. The collection includes over 8000 items and the museum is furnished much the same way it would have been in the 18th Century.
Official site: alexandriava.gov/Apothecary
Address: 105 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301, United States
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