Tag: Alexandria VA

Negro laborers at Alexandria, near coal wharf

Negro Laborers at Alexandria Wharf

This photo was posted by the National Archives and labeled as "negro laborers, near coal wharf." This beautiful old photo shows the faces of...
Lord Fairfax House

Then and Now View of Lord Fairfax House in Alexandria

Here's a great photo of the Lord Fairfax House at 607 Cameron Street in Alexandria. By the way, Lord Fairfax was the Baron of...

The Horror of an Alexandria Slave Pen

The sad truth is that slave pens existed in and around all of Washington. This photo shows one of those in Alexandria...
Alexandria, Va. Steam frigate Pensacola. Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

Civil War Steam Frigate Near Alexandria

These old Civil War photos of Alexandria are amazing. This one shows the steam frigate Pensacola in 1861, the beginning of the war. Click...
Alexandria, VA as seen from the air in 1919

Alexandria Viewed From an Airplane in 1919

This fascinating old photograph shows Alexandria, as seen from the air, in 1919. Click on the image to see some incredible details. Source: Library of...
Aerial view of Alexandria, Virgina taken in the 1980s.

1980s Aerial Photo of Alexandria

Click on the image below to see the larger version and see if you recognize parts of Alexandria from the 1980s. Source: Library of Congress

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Roundhouse

I love old railroad photos like this. You're looking at a couple photos of the Alexandria railroad roundhouse back during the Civil War. They're...
Washington Post headline

Shots End Alexandria Saloon Brawl

The sub headline for this article was "Walter Bryant Hurls Beer Bottle and Edward Bryant Uses Pistol." Who do you think won that fight? We...
Alexandria real estate advertisement (1920)

Locate These Mystery 1920 Alexandria Homes

Can you find these homes today? I did some sleuthing and the best I could come up with was E Walnut St between Little...
Hank's Oyster Bar Old Town

If Walls Could Talk: Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town

Congratulations to the latest #GoDCIWCT poll winner. A well-deserved victory for our most successful Twitter campaigner yet. Those retweets really helped! Okay, on with the...
1921 map of Del Ray

1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

Check out this old map of Del Ray north of Alexandria from back in 1921. It's amazing to see how undeveloped the area was....
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Fascinating World War II U.S. Army Documentary About Alexandria

Now this is an interesting old film we found on YouTube. It's a bit long, but if you're from Alexandria, you'll find it entertaining...
Union Army guard at Price, Birch & Co. slave pen at Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1865. Detail of albumen print. Photograph by Andrew J. Russell.

1865 Photo of Alexandria Slave Pen

This is a powerful Civil War-era photograph. It shows Price, Birch & Co., which was a slave dealing business. Source: Shorpy
Lower Prince St. Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria As It Looked in 1940

Here is a series of cool old photos from Alexandria taken on September 23rd, 1940. Source: Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection  
don't swim in the Potomac

Potomac Water is a Health Hazard (1973)

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it's still not the greatest, but it's swimmable in some parts (as long as...
Hollin Hall in 1938

Hollin Hall in 1938

Here's a cool ad for Hollin Hall, the plantation on Little Hunting Creek (read about it here). Hollin...
Hollin Hall advertisement - February 29th, 1948

Hollin Hall Advertisement (1948)

I was grabbing a beer with a buddy this evening and we were talking about Hollin Hall, the mid-century modern neighborhood near Alexandria. Here's...

Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria

We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency's new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria,...
219 North Saint Asaph St.

For Sale: 219 North Saint Asaph St. in 1900

Source: Library of Congress Interestingly, we came across this ad for a home being sold on January 2nd, 1900. The home at 219 North Saint...
omnibus advertisement - July 5th, 1854

Omnibus Advertisement from 1854

Now this is a cool old (really old) advertisement from the Daily Evening Star, printed on July 5th, 1854. It's an advertisement for omnibus...
custom house in Alexandria

Alexandria City Post Office and Custom House

Here is a great old photo we dug up showing the Alexandria Custom House in 1918. Source: Library of Congress