A few months ago, we visited our youngest daughter and husband in Alexandria, Va. She was transferred to the Pentagon and chose Alexandria for its easy commute to work. We enjoyed exploring the area without ever using a car. We walked everywhere except riding the metro to go to Washington, DC. In all, we walked over 100,000 steps in nine days.
Alexandria is an historic town that began before the founding of our nation. The marker below I thought gave a pretty short and concise history of the town. There are many details beyond that for those who love history. For the rest this will do.
We strolled the streets passing by the former homes of Robert E Lee and George Washington and others noted in the history books. Washington used this townhome when he did not want to travel to Mount Vernon.
We toured the Carlyle House owned by a wealthy early resident of the city which played a role in both the Revolutionary war and the Civil war histories.
Christ Church (Episcopal) founded in 1773 has seen many presidents and other DC folks passing thru its doors. Unfortunately, when we visited, the church was closed. We strolled the graveyard with its own history record.
We also walked the upscale downtown shopping and restaurant districts and enjoyed a meal along the waterfront on several occasions.
On the waterfront a former Naval Torpedo station has been converted into an arts and craft mall.
A boat ride on the Potomac let us see the city and surrounding area by water.