Tour Old Town Alexandria with us! Dating to 1749 –more than 50 years before Washington, D.C. was incorporated – there is much to see in this lovely town which was once included in the 100 sq miles of the District of Columbia. George Washington did indeed sleep here – you will see where! We can also step inside the church he attended. Carlyle House – featured in the PBS series “Mercy Street” is another location we can visit. We’ll see Captain’s Row near the waterfront and a tiny “spite” house. We will tour Gadsby’s Tavern – to this day they have a Birthright Ball commemorating the birthday of Alexandria’s most famous citizen, Mr. Washington.
Group Meets at Alexandria City Hall 301 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 outside on Market Square at 11:00 am
Cost: $20.00 per person
Private Old Town Alexandria Tour
What you Can Expect: Small Group of 25 people, Terry, Certified Tour Guide
When the town of Alexandria was established in 1748, this was an area of town set aside as the market. The City Market is still held here on the weekends. It is now also the location of the City Hall, rebuilt in 1871 after a fire. The building was designed by Adolph Cluss, who designed many buildings in the DC area and the steeple by Benjamin Latrobe, who helped with the new Capitol dome in the mid nineteenth century.
Christ Church was originally built in a wooded area, set back from the road today you can still get that sense. It is the city’s oldest church, built in 1773. This was the home church of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The Washington’s pew is marked.
John Carlyle, like many of Alexandria’s founders, was a Scottish merchant. He completed this house in 1753 and it is the only stone Palladian House in the city. Two years later it was in this house that General Braddock met with colonial governors to discuss strategy during the French-Indian Wars. As a young man, George Washington served as General Braddock’s aide-de-camp.
a tiny “spite” house
This used to be a public alley. The owner of the house next door in he 1830s built this house to keep the drunkards and wagons out of the alley in the middle of the night. You can still see the marks from the wagon wheels on the walls inside. Spite houses are very common on the east coast, though usually built for children or servants.
Optional Lunch at Gadsby’s Tavern
Gadsby’s Tavern is one of the few remaining historic public houses, but in the 1700s it was one of many. Operated by John Gadsby from 1796-1808, this tavern saw many historic events. On the Cameron Street side, you can see the ice well built in 1803 to store ice, even in the hot Virginia summers.
Parking: Street Parking Only
Trolley from King Street Metro