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5916 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia, 22303, United States
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Really Old Houses

by seagoingJLW

Here are some really old houses. Take a good look at the street. The center of the street was originally a trough. This was where the slop buckets were emptied. The slops then trickled down to the river.

Alexandria's Birthday Celebration - Oronoco Park

by Ewingjr98

The City of Alexandria, Virginia celebrates its birthday every year the weekend after the Fourth of July. The event features food, music, and most important--fireworks!

In 2009 the festivities were held on 11 July from 4pm until 10pm at Oronoco Bay Park a half mile north of downtown. Unfortunately they charge admission, and they close the easiest access to Oronoco park from Old Town along Union Street, meaning people approaching the park from along the water had to walk an extra 10 minutes to the only entrance.

Luckily the fireworks were launched from a barge on the Potomac, so they were visible all along the Old Town waterfront, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and across the river at the military bases near Anacostia.

We stood near Chadwick's restaurant and had a great view of the fireworks.

Gunston Hall

by Tom_Fields

George Mason (1725-1792) was one of the Founding Fathers who never became President nor appeared on any coins or currency. But he was instrumental in creating the Bill of Rights. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, he was among the very few dissenters. His complaint was that the new Constitution did not provide enough protection for individual rights. Others argued that those were based upon legal precedent and tradition. But Mason was adamant that they must be written down and added to the Constitution. In the end, he got his way. The Bill of Rights, which he helped author, became the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

Mason had no desire to hold public office, preferring to tend to his own affairs here at Gunston Hall plantation. This beautiful Georgian-style home was completed in 1760, overlooking the banks of the Potomac. The grounds have the slave quarters, the cemetery where Mason and his family are buried, and some fine gardens.

Located 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., just off I-95 and Route 1. Public hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The last house tour starts at 4:30. There is no photography allowed inside the house. The address:

10709 Gunston Road
Mason Neck, Va. 22079

See the website below for more details.

Alexandria's Union Station & WW I Memorial

by Ewingjr98

The Orange & Alexandria was chartered by the state of Virginia in 1848 and construction began in 1850. The route originally ran from Alexandria through Manassas, Culpepper Court House and Orange Court House to Gordonsville. The first train ran the Alexandria portion of the route in 1851 and this original route was completed in 1854. By 1860 the railroad was extended to Lynchburg, VA where it connected to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. In 1890 the Washington Southern Railways Company was created from the two existing railroads in Alexandria, and they completed Alexandria's current Union Station in 1905.

Union Station is still used by both Amtrak intercity and Virginia Railway Express commuter rail lines. It also stand beside the King Street Metro station, making for easy access between trains, the metro, and regional buses. The outside of the building is rather plain, as it was constructed in the Federal Revival style, that served well to blend with the other historic architecture in this town. The inside features old black and white tiles, and a beautiful open ceiling with dark wood beams. Amtrak took over ownership of the station in 1971, and parts of the attached freight building were demolished in the 1983 to make room for the metro station. Since 2001 the city of Alexandria has owned Union Station. Amtrak reports that 120,000 passengers use the station each year, making it Virginia's third busiest Amtrak stop.

In front of Union Station stands Alexandria's Veterans of Foreign Wars Monument. A small plaque reads, Donated by Mrs Florence Angelo Cannaday, Richmond Virginia. Erected in Memory of Alexandria War Dead by Russell Mitchell Post No. 609 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Citizens of Alexandria November 11, 1940"%

Freedmans Cemetery

by Ewingjr98

The Alexandria Freedmen's Cemetery is located beside the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge along Washington Street on the south edge of Old Town Alexandria. During the Civil War, the Federal Government confiscated this farmland from Confederate sympathizers. From 1864 to 1869, the cemetery was used by the government for the burial of about 1,800 freedmen--black men, women and children who escaped slavery and found refuge in Alexandria before emancipation. At least 100 African American soldiers were also buried in this cemetery, but were later moved to nearby Alexandria National Cemetery.

In the 20th Century the cemetery was forgotten and the land developed for commercial use including a gas station. In 1987 records of the cemetery were rediscovered and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project disturbed some of the graves. Wanting to preserve this historic site, the city of Alexandria spent about $5.8 million to purchase the land and is now planning a park on the site that will cost about $2 million for construction.

Thousands of Native American artifacts made of quartz and quartzite have been discovered while investigating the cemetery. The artifacts represent thousands of years of stone tool-making. The oldest artifact ever found in Alexandria, a 13,000 year-old Clovis spear point, was recovered here in 2007. A buried portion of the western slope of the cemetery continues to be a significant Native American archaeological site.

The Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial Park will to honor these African Americans as well as mark the historic Native American site.

The plaque at the site reads, "Federal authorities established a cemetery here for newly freed African Americans during the Civil War. In January 1864, the military governor of Alexandria confiscated for use as a burying ground an abandoned pasture from a family with Confederate sympathies. About 1,700 freed people, including infants and black Union soldiers, were interred here before the last recorded burial in January 1869. Most of the deceased had resided in what was known as Old Town and in nearby rural settlements. Despite mid-twentieth-century construction projects, many burial sites remain undisturbed. A list of those interred here has also survived."


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