Incredible Detailed View of Alexandria Wharf in 1865

What an incredible photograph, dug up at the Library of Congress. This is from May, 1865.

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Photograph shows cargo ships at the wharf in Alexandria, Virginia from Pioneer Mill, which was six stories high.
Photograph shows cargo ships at the wharf in Alexandria, Virginia from Pioneer Mill, which was six stories high.

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  • Jay Roberts

    Thanks for this photo. It’s somewhat of a classic here in Alexandria. Shows up in several books and can be seen on an historical marker, oddly placed on the wrong side of a wooden post at the northwest corner of Waterfront Park.

    This does show a lot and is one of the earliest photos. It’s hard to know where King Street is but the clue is the way Strand is laid out.

    Most of these buildings are no longer with us. The one exception is the Fitzgerald Warehouse at the SE corner of King and Union.

    And now, this part of the city will see the waterfront plan usher in a new era.