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The Most Famous Historic Sites Around Alexandria

The Most Famous Historic Sites Around Alexandria

If you are a history buff, you will want to plan a visit to Alexandria, Virginia as soon as possible. The state of Virginia is full of history, and Alexandria is no exception. The city is located on the Potomac River, just south of Washington, D.C.

With this proximity to the country’s capital, it is no surprise that so many historical sites and landmarks are located in and around Alexandria. You can plan a quick weekend trip, or even take a whole week to absorb all of the history in the area. As you plan your trip, consider these most famous historic sites in and around Alexandria:

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to George Washington and located on Shooter’s Hill in Alexandria. It has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The building itself is a Masonic building and the architecture of the tower was designed to look like the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt.

There are hour-long guided tours of the memorial with advanced registration. Interesting sites to see within the building include, among others, Memorial Hall, the Founders Hall Exhibit, the Theater, the Family of Freemasonry Exhibit, and the George Washington Museum. If your historical areas of interest include early presidents, the founding of the United States, and freemasonry, this is the historical site for you.

Gadsby’s Tavern

Located in Old Town Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern is actually a series of historical buildings all built in the 1700s with an addition in the 1800s. The historic buildings include the tavern, the City Tavern and Hotel, and the hotel addition. The area was a central part of the city during the time period, and was in modern times designated as a National Historic Landmark and also added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, you can enjoy modern and period food in Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, which is located in the original 1792 dining room of City Tavern, or you can tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, which features exhibits on early American life in Virginia. This is another great historic spot in the city.

Carlyle House

This historic mansion is another site on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1751-1752 by John Carlyle who was a Scottish merchant. The mansion if located in Old Town about one block from Gadsby’s Tavern, so if you are already planning a visit to Gadsby’s, you can also easily visit the Carlyle House.

You can tour the house and museum as part of a guided tour during the hours they are open. If you love touring unique houses, this will be a highlight of your trip.

There are so many more unique historic sites to visit in and around Alexandria, including Christ Church, River Farm, and Mount Vernon. You might find that there are so many amazing historical sites to tour that you want to move to Alexandria, and luckily, there are many Alexandria houses for sale. So plan your trip, or your move, to enjoy all of the historical sites Alexandria has to offer.

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