Alexandria, D.C.

For those perpetually fascinated by the early years of the making of the District — and have always wondered what happened to the Virginia piece — this walk is for you. Venture across the river!

For more than fifty years, the town on the other side of the Potomac was known as Alexandria, Washington City. A prominent port in the eighteen century, it expected only to expand as a part of the new nation’s capital.

Though mistaken about its economic future, Alexandria nevertheless attracted residents and built historic ties to the District that have endured long past the 1846 retrocession.

Brick sidewalks and 18th-century architecture inspire stories about the contradictions inherent in this now quaint town’s identity as a former D.C. neighborhood.

In between the memories of the neighbors and compatriots of George Washington, for example, are those of the free and enslaved communities that evolved in the same locale as one of the largest slave markets in the country.

Following the tour, your guide will be able to provide easy directions for a journey down to the Jones Point Lighthouse and the Boundary Stone marking the southern-most point of the District of Columbia.


Led by Leigh


Explore more Washington, D.C. walks: Georgetown and Georgetown Waterfront.


Out of an abundance of caution in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington Walks will not be offering walking tours in 2020. 

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.

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Meet at the entrance to the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union Street, Alexandria). A free trolley runs between the King Street Metro station and Torpedo Factory 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays.
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