When a young George Washington surveyed the land that would later become his home town, he could not have imagined the fascinating future for which he was laying the foundation. Washington, of course, went on to become the beloved Father of our Country. His tiny hometown became Alexandria, Virginia, today a picturesque community with a rich and varied history located along the Potomac River just minutes from our nation's Capitol – and one of America's favorite historic destinations.
From its early role as an 18th century seaport and home to America's patriots, to its transition as a railroad center in the 19th century and its manufacturing days in the early 1900s, Alexandria has always been a center of commerce and innovation. Today it is home to high technology firms, national associations, retail and hospitality businesses, and the performing arts.
But, it is the City's historic ambiance and aura of historic significance combined with its urban sophistication that set Alexandria apart.
Its Old Town district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is filled with historic homes and commercial buildings that house trendy shops, galleries and restaurants. Set against this historic backdrop of Old Town, the City's new Wireless Zone offers one the chance to catch up on emails, while enjoying a latte at an outdoor café. The Eisenhower Valley is home to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, offices, restaurants, entertainment, and a regional park. The West End is home to historic Fort Ward Civil War Museum, Landmark Mall, restaurants, several hotels, as well as Winkler Botanical Reserve.
Alexandria is many things. To the dog lover, it is a destination that caters to man's best friend. For those who love the arts, it is home to the famed Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Symphony, and a season of Fall for the Arts events. For the lover of history, Alexandria honors its Scottish origins and multicultural heritage with parades and festivals throughout the year.