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Alexandria at a Glance

Whether you’re stopping by Old Town to gallery hop or enjoy a night on the town, or you’re looking to buy a home and put down roots, you’ll find that the past and the present blend seamlessly in the historic city of Alexandria. Established in 1749, this charming city was a colonial port and an important political and social center of the young United States in the 18th century. George Washington was a native of the city, as were Revolutionary War heroes General Henry Light Horse ‘Harry’ Lee and his son, General Robert E. Lee, commander-in-chief of the Confederate army. The city’s long history and timeless charm are evident in the many historic buildings and tree-lined cobblestone streets boasting elegant 18th and 19th century townhomes.

Quick Facts

  • City of Alexandria population, 128,283.
  • Median age, 46
  • Fifty six percent of working age population employed in professional or managerial capacity
  • Average annual household income, $56,054
  • Significant industries include technology, research and development, and professional services
  • Diversity of housing options from single- to multi-family including townhomes and condominiums
  • Eclectic architectural styles including Tudor, Victoria, Colonial, as well as contemporary

Seeing the Sights

Old Town is home to a number of boutiques, restaurants, and antiques and art galleries, including the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Built in 1918 for the manufacturing of ‘no surprise’ torpedoes, the center now features 84 working artists’ studios, six galleries, the Art League School, and an Archaeology Museum that offers an interesting glimpse of the history of the city.

There are a number of other historic sites, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, the Alexandria Black History Museum, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, which was patterned after the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, and displays a 17-foot bronze statue of George Washington and an impressive collection of Washington artifacts, and of course, George Washington’s beloved home, Mount Vernon. Don’t miss the newest attraction – the Patent and Trademark Office Museum, whose inaugural exhibition showcases inventions and trademarks that are part of our everyday life from toasters to Birdseye frozen vegetables to Pez dispensers.

For a complete list of attractions, visit the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. For more great information on things to do, check out Alexandria Magazine for tips in dining, nightlife, events and more.

Links of Interest

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
801 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 402
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
1729 King St.
Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314

Potomac West Business Association
208 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

City of Alexandria
310 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Office of Historic Alexandria
220 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Commission for the Arts
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
421 King St. Suite 300
Alexandria, Va 22314
703/838-4200, 800/388-9119

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