United States Virginia Virginia Guide Things To Do Essentials Getaways All Virginia Old Town Alexandria in Photos Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/06/19 Share Pin Email Coyle / Getty Images Old Town Alexandria is a historic town in Northern Virginia just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, DC. Enjoy these photos of the historic Alexandria waterfront with cobblestone streets, colonial houses and churches, museums, shops, and restaurants. Also, see images of special events that occur throughout the year. Located within minutes of Washington, DC, Alexandria is a picturesque seaport with Colonial ambiance and European flair. 01 of 21 George Washington Masonic National Memorial Glowimages The George Washington Masonic National Memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia, houses an outstanding collection of Washington memorabilia. The 333 ft. tall structure serves as a memorial to George Washington and a reminder of his Masonic fraternity on faith in the principles of civil and religious liberty. Continue to 2 of 21 below. 02 of 21 Inside the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Rachel Cooper The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is Alexandria, Virginia's memorial to our first president. The centerpiece of the Memorial is a 17-foot bronze statue of George Washington. Continue to 3 of 21 below. 03 of 21 Mount Vernon - The Former Home of George Washington Mount Vernon Ladies Association Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington, now serves as a museum devoted to the United States first president. The estate and gardens is located along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, DC. It is one of the most popular attractions in Northern Virginia. Continue to 4 of 21 below. 04 of 21 George Washington's Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria Photo by Anna Frame/Courtesy of the City of Alexandria The history of Alexandria is recalled each February during the annual George Washingtons Birthday Parade. Continue to 5 of 21 below. 05 of 21 Torpedo Factory Arts Center Photo by Rachel Cooper The Torpedo Factory Arts Center is a historic factory that today houses dozens of artist studios ant the Alexandria Art League. Continue to 6 of 21 below. 06 of 21 Farmers Market in Old Town Alexandria Erik Kvalsvik/Courtesy City of Alexandria The bustle of activity starts early Saturday mornings as shoppers come out for the weekly farmers market in front of the historic Alexandria City Hall. Continue to 7 of 21 below. 07 of 21 Gadsbys Tavern Museum and Restaurant Photo by Erik Kvalsvik/Courtesy City of Alexandria Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant is where George Washington used to celebrate special occasions; today, visitors can still celebrate at the historic tavern in Old Town Alexandria. Continue to 8 of 21 below. 08 of 21 Carlyle House Carlyle House is the most elegant historic site in Old Town Alexandria with a beautifully restored interior and lovely gardens. Continue to 9 of 21 below. 09 of 21 Scottish Walk at Christmas Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association Parades and festivals fill the streets of Old Town Alexandria throughout the year; this is the Scottish Christmas Walk that takes place in early December. Continue to 10 of 21 below. 10 of 21 Civil War Reenactment Dennis K. Johnson Alexandria is rich in Civil War history with reenactments taking place at the Fort Ward Museum in Old Town Alexandria. Continue to 11 of 21 below. 11 of 21 Birchmere Music Hall Photo by Rachel Cooper The Birchmere Music Hall is a popular live entertainment venue located in Alexandria, Virginia. Continue to 12 of 21 below. 12 of 21 Old Town Alexandria Street Scene Glowimages Quiet cobblestone streets are lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings throughout the Old Town district of Alexandria. Continue to 13 of 21 below. 13 of 21 Alexandria Street Scene Photo by Jeremy Harvey/Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Alexandria has always beckoned shoppers with small, unique boutiques as well as art galleries and antique shops. Continue to 14 of 21 below. 14 of 21 Lee-Fendall House Photo by Rachel Cooper The Lee-Fendall House, the home of several generations of Lees, is open to the public and includes a display of Lee family documents, among which is the original copy of Harry Lee’s eulogy of George Washington. Continue to 15 of 21 below. 15 of 21 Old Town Alexandria Home Photo by Erik Kvalsvik/Courtesy City of Alexandria The gracious homes and well-tended gardens of the Old Town district of Alexandria draw visitors back to a quieter time. Continue to 16 of 21 below. 16 of 21 Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee Photo by Rachel Cooper The Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee is an historic site in Old Town Alexandria. Continue to 17 of 21 below. 17 of 21 Chart House Restaurant Photo by Rachel Cooper The Chart House is a seafood restaurant located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant offers upscale dining an great views of the Potomac River. Continue to 18 of 21 below. 18 of 21 Parade of Lights in Old Town Alexandria Photo by Jeremy Harvey/Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association In early December, boaters decorate their vessels – large and small – to compete in the annual Parade of Lights in Old Town Alexandria. Continue to 19 of 21 below. 19 of 21 Alexandria City Hall Building Rachel Cooper The Alexandria City Hall in Alexandria, Virginia was built in 1871 and designed by Adolph Cluss. It is also known as Alexandria Market House & City Hall as the space was originally a market in 1749. The building houses many of the Alexandria government offices, including the City Council Chambers on the second floor. The outdoor plaza is often used for public events. Continue to 20 of 21 below. 20 of 21 Ramsay House Visitor Center Rachel Cooper Ramsay House Visitor Center is a historic home that is used as the city's visitor center and offers maps, brochures and tourist information. It is located at the corner of King and Fairfax Streets, in the heart of the Old Town Alexandria Historic District. Continue to 21 of 21 below. 21 of 21 Smallest House in Old Town Alexandria Rachel Cooper The smallest house, located on Queen Street in Old Town Alexandria, was built in 1830 and is only 7 feet wide. It has two stories but only 325 square feet. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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