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A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, arts events, shopping and historical attractions.
Alexandria's history reaches back more than 13 thousand years. From the first Native Americans to settle here, to the bustling city it is today, the timeline of Alexandria's history is filled with events that helped shape the United States of America into the country it is today.
A vital seaport during colonial times, Alexandria is George Washington's hometown and part of the original Washington, DC. Thomas Jefferson entertained guests at Gadsby's Tavern; Civil War General Robert E. Lee moved to Alexandria with his family when he was only 4 years old, and would eventually become one of the most famous figures in the American Civil War.
Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Old Alexandria is a small division of Alexandria, which is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.
Alexandria, Virginia, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 7 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Alexandria, Virginia. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Named one of the area’s top shopping destinations by The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, Old Town Alexandria boasts a blend of independent galleries, stylish boutiques, vintage shops and national retailers. Fashionistas and designers flock to the Old Town Boutique District, where 30+ independent shops offer high-end fashions, artisan jewelry and home decor. Locals know to hit King Street for hard-to-find international labels alongside well-known big-name brands.
Christmas Attic – 125 S. Union Street – (703) 548-2829
529 Kids Consign – 122A S. Royal Street – (703) 567-4518
Acme Mid-Century Modern – 128 South Royal Street – (703) 836-0333
An American In Paris Inc. – 1225 King Street – (703) 519-8234
Leave the car at home – most of these restaurants don’t have a whole lot of parking. But don’t worry – Old Town Alexandria was meant to be traversed by foot, and each of these unforgettable restaurants will make you feel like it’s 1796 all over again.
Austin Grill and Tequila Bar – 801 King Street – (703) 684-8969
Bilbo Baggins Restaurant – 208 Queen Street – (703) 683-0300
Blackwall Hitch – 5 Cameron Street – (571) 982-3577
BRABO By Robert Wiedmaier – 1600 King Street – (703) 894-3440
A bustling city by day and an entertainment venue by night, Old Town Alexandria is the place to be. The Light Horse Restaurant features live performances almost every night, karaoke on Sundays. If you ever wonder where the locals go for a night on the town, this is it.
Flamenco Show At La Tasca – 607 King Street – (703) 299-9810
Pour House Trivia – 105 King Street – (703) 836-5676
Monday Night Lobster Special At La Bergerie: $24 – 218 North Lee Street – (703) 683-1007
Open Mic Night With Robin And Carl – 710 King St. – (703) 836-4000
The city is served by the Alexandria City Public Schools system and by the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Alexandria's public school system consists of 13 elementary schools for grades 5-year-old kindergarten through Grade 5. Middle Schools, George Washington and Francis C. Hammond, serve sixth through eighth-graders. Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T.C. Williams High School serve grades ninth and 10 through 12, respectively, for the entire city.
Alexandria has several of the Washington, D.C., area's top private schools, such as St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, Bishop Ireton High School, and Episcopal High School. Also in the city are Alexandria Country Day School, Commonwealth Academy, St. Mary's Catholic School, St. Rita's Catholic School, Blessed Sacrament School and Global Health College.
John Adams Elementary School (Grades PreK-5) – 5651 Rayburn Avenue – (703) 824-6970
Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Grades 6-8) – 4646 Seminary Road – (703) 461-4100
T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus (Grade 9) – 3801 W. Braddock Road – (703) 824-6750
T.C. Williams High School (Grades 10-12) – 3330 King Street – (703) 824-6800
Old Town Alexandria is home to buildings that are well over 200 years old, and plenty of work goes into make making sure that the rich history of not just the city, but the nation is preserved.
Frequented by tourists making a day trip down from Washington, D.C, Old Town Alexandria draws national attention from people all over the nation. Every day, there is something to do or something to see. Most people travel by foot simply for the experience of the cobblestone sidewalks alone.
Alexandria Colonial Tours – 201 King Street – (703) 519-1749
Torpedo Factory Art Center – 105 N. Union Street – (703) 838-4565
Alexandria Black History Museum – 902 Wythe Street – (703) 746-4356
Carlyle House – 121 N. Fairfax Street – (703) 549-2997
Old Town Alexandria is tucked away in Alexandria on King Street, where you can traverse the whole of Old Town by foot in a day. Everything you need for an unforgettable and patriotic experience is right here in Old Town.
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