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Historic Sites & Attractions in Alexandria

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As George Washington’s hometown, Alexandria has more than 140 locations with ties to the nation’s first president, along with a host of intimate museums highlighting the beginnings of America. Just nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, traipse through the historic grounds, perusing documents and ephemera once sacred to key historic players. Several sites work to weave the rich tapestry of the city’s history from the 18th-century to the present, like the Carlyle House, once home to Alexandria co-founder John Carlyle, and the Alexandria Black History Museum, which details the city’s strong African-American leaders from the Civil War to civil rights and beyond.

Alexandria also nods to its vast creative history at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II munitions factory turned 82 artist studios and six galleries, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the US Patent and Trademark Office, whose interactive exhibits celebrate modern innovation. Explore Alexandria with the “Key to the City” attractions pass, which grants visitors access into 9 historic sites, plus 40% off admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and City Cruises anchored by Hornblower roundtrip water taxi pass. Take the opportunity to celebrate the city’s history at lively seasonal events.

Click here to read Alexandria’s History.

This City Hall was built in 1871-74, with Market Square and the Colonial-inspired additions that face the plaza built in...
301 King Street
Founded as a subscription library in 1794. Alexandria’s public library since 1937.
717 Queen Street
One of 12 sites created and dedicated by President Lincoln in 1862 to serve as military burial grounds. The cemetery...
1450 Wilkes Street
African Americans escaping slavery found refuge in Alexandria after Union troops occupied the city in 1861. The Rev. Clement “Clem”...
320 S. Washington Street
The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial honors the service and supreme sacrifice of the 67 men from...
Mount Vernon Recreation Center 2701 Commonwealth Avenue Alexandria, VA 22305
A National Historic Landmark, 1315 Duke Street, known today as Freedom House Museum, was the headquarters for the largest domestic...
1315 Duke Street
The Lee-Fendall House Museum is a historic house, located in Old Town, Alexandria. Since its construction in 1785, the house...
614 Oronoco Street -2308
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number...
105 N. Union Street
USA Guided Tours, LLC™  is a sightseeing and transportation company based in Washington, DC and Falls Church. We offer fully...
1155 F Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
Woodlawn: George Washington gave the estate to his adopted granddaughter and his nephew as a wedding gift. Dr. William Thornton,...
9000 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA 22309
Step right into the museum’s laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria’s history, fragment by fragment. The museum’s exhibits highlight the process...
105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center Third Floor, #327
Bring the whole family along for Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. Follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern...
221 King Street

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