Alexandria Virginia once included what is now Arlington County. Alexandria spun away to become its own proper city while Arlington is the adjacent County.
Alexandria was once an active seaport at which tobacco, cotton, and supplies of all kinds came and went. Some streets in Alexandria are called “rolling” because bails were rolled down the cobblestone streets to the port’s edge where they were loaded onto awaiting ships.
Famous Americans visited and lived in Alexandria including George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Some are buried here in the Cemetery at Christ’s Church.
With all of this activity, inhabitants created a lot of garbage and left behind traces of their living here. Now, historians scavenge the area looking for historic artifacts and they still find plenty.
There is a history museum inside the Torpedo Factory that also houses art studios. Of course, the Torpedo Factory itself is a place of history as the name implies.
See the slideshow and pictures of my visit. There is always something new to learn about here.
Founded in 1749, Alexandria has played a major role in the development of the United States. From its origins as a seaport and exporter of tobacco and other crops to markets throughout the world, Alexandria evolved into a manufacturing center in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Commodities, from ships to silver, were produced in Alexandria. By the mid-nineteenth century, the city was a vital railroad center. During the Civil War, Union troops occupied the city from 1861 to 1865.”
“Exhibits: “A Community Digs Its Past: The Lee Street Site” uses the excavation of one city block, at the corner of Queen and South Lee streets, to explore the steps of archaeology as well as the history of Alexandria.
This site presented a microcosm of the City, including 18th century wharves, early 19th century residences, shops, taverns and warehouses, a well-known 19th century commercial bakery, and a support complex for Civil War hospitals during Union occupation of Alexandria.
Small, changing exhibits display a variety of Alexandria discoveries. These may include artifacts from prehistoric sites, an Alexandria stoneware kiln, an 18th century tavern, Civil War sites, or finds from the most recent excavation. On most Fridays, visitors will see volunteers working in the archaeology lab, washing, marking or cataloguing artifacts from a recent site, or working with artifacts excavated in Alexandria during the past thirty years.”
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
105 N. Union Street, #327
Alexandria, VA 22314