Things to see and do - Alexandria
Old Town :
Nearby tourist sites
Old Town : Michelin's recommendations
Old Town, Alexandria traces its beginnings to the early 1700s, when a tobacco warehouse on the waterfront near what is now Oronoco Street spawned a small settlement. Prominent Scottish tobacco merchants and Virginia tobacco planters joined to petition the Virginia General Assembly to establish a town in the area, and in 1748 the assembly granted their request, stating that such a town "would be commodious for trade and navigation and tend greatly to the best advantage of frontier inhabitants." In recent decades the Old Town quarter of the city has paid increasing attention to its architectural heritage, fostering an image of genteel provincialism. The city government carefully monitors the appearance of buildings in the historic district, which in 1969 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Address : N Fairfax St USA - Alexandria VA 2231422314Alexandria
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