4 Unique And Interesting Landmarks In Alexandria That You Probably Didn’t Know About

The city of Alexandria is rich with history, from the earliest settlers through the Civil War to the present day. Apart from the area’s famous landmarks that we all know, there are some unique and interesting attractions off the beaten path. Here are four that you probably didn’t know about.

Hollensbury Spite House

Hollensbury Spite House

In 1830, brickmaker and city councilor John Hollensbury’s home was one of the two houses that directly bordered all alley that attracted an annoying amount of horse-drawn wagon traffic and loiterers. To stop people from using the alley he built a 7-foot wide two-story home using the existing brick walls for the adjacent houses as the sides of the new house. The living room walls of the house have gouges from wagon-wheel hubs. The house, which is still standing and occupied, was dubbed the narrowest house in America by Ripleys Believe It or Not.

The Grave of the Female Stranger

According to local legends, a young couple arrived in Alexandria in 1816 and rented a room in Gadsby’s Tavern at 138 North Royal St. The woman was seriously ill and her husband hired a local doctor to treat her–-on condition that the doctor doesn’t ask questions about their identities. The woman eventually died on October 14, 1816.

The husband borrowed money from a local businessman to bury her in town, repaying him with a cheque, which later turned out to be a forgery. The woman’s grave can still be found in the St. Pauls Episcopal Church section of the town’s cemetery.

A slab bears the inscription “To the memory of a Female Stranger whose mortal sufferings terminated on the 14th day of October 1816 Aged 23 years and 8 months….”

Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery

For nearly 200 years, the woods at George Washington’s famous estate hid a secret. A graveyard for the former president’s slaves lay hidden beneath a thicket of bushes until an 1885 map of the estate revealed a burial ground. A marble marker was placed on the site in the 1920s but it also disappeared beneath a tangle of vegetation. In 2014, archeologists began a multi-year project to learn more about the cemetery. So far, they’ve found dozens of unmarked graves and estimate the graveyard to contain over 150 slaves.

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary

Founded in 1792, this was a family business operated continuously until 1933, when competition from synthetic drug companies and the Great Depression led it to bankruptcy. The apothecary closed in 1933 and reopened as a museum in 1939. The museum displays the original collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical instruments that were there when the store closed.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

Sought-after townhouse in Alexandria Old Town Greens, conveniently located near the nation~s capital and all of Northern Virginia~s attractions.

711 Massey Ln #A

One stop light to National Airport, adjacent to the George Washington Parkway and the bicycle/jogging trail along the Potomac river. Walking distance to the new Potomac Yard Metro, opening in 2022. This townhouse offers two bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook with large sliding glass doors leading to a airy deck. The master bathroom is totally renovated with a modern ceramic-tiled walk-in shower and a stylish frameless glass shower door. On the lower level is a second spacious bedroom with an adjacent full-sized bath. The laundry closet in the downstairs hallway has a full-size washer and dryer set. The one-car garage has generous storage space for bikes and other items. Old Town Greens also offers parking for a second car, a community pool, a new children~s playground, barbeque grills, and a chance to make new friends! Up-scale coffee shop and restaurants within a 5-minutes walk. [Old Town Greens - $607,000]

Light-filled Old Town end-unit townhouse is perfect two-level living in an excellent location! Smart floor plan is open and ideal for entertaining.

901 Princess St

Main level includes hardwood floors, half bath, Dining Room and Living Room with gas insert fireplace. Charming all-white kitchen offers plenty of storage and counter space. Kitchen opens to a landscaped patio with serene water feature and built-in gas grill perfect for hosting summer gatherings. Back inside, the second level offers gleaming hardwood floors, lots of natural light, three generous sized bedrooms and a private bath. Perfectly located just 3 blocks to the many shops and restaurants of King Street. Short distance to the Metro, Trader Joes, waterfront, and many more neighborhood amenities. SEE 3D Matterport: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=eC2z6W9W97h&brand=0 [Old Town - $769,000]

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508 S Henry St

..present a contract by Sunday and pick your choice of flooring. It's easy to love this charming 2 bedroom and 2 and a half bath brick townhome. Truly the best of both worlds, peace and serenity surround you, but the excitement of King St is just 4 blocks away! King St Metro and I-495 are easily accessible. Entertain guests on your private brick-paver patio, your cozy family room with wood-burning fireplace, or your expansive basement with entertainment center nook. A bathroom on all 3 levels...there aren't many of those out there! The paver courtyard and garden is such a lovely addition...it's like strolling through a little European village. There are so many great features of this 3 STORY home! HARDWOOD FLOORING throughout the main level, UPDATED KITCHEN that is open to the living and dining rooms with black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and a decorative backsplash, a large dining room with plenty of space for entertaining, a COZY LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE and french doors leading to your PRIVATE FENCED IN PATIO. Other features include full bathrooms on Upper and Lower levels that have been updated, as has the half-bath on the main level, a LARGE MASTER BEDROOM and a spacious second bedroom on the upper level, and a large rec room on the lower level that can easily accommodate a sectional with the option to be a second master suite! Enjoy an assigned parking spot in a private parking lot and two parking passes for convenient parking on Henry Street outside your back gate! All of this could be yours in a prime location, close to transportation, King Street, Whole Foods, nearby parks, and the Potomac river.~~SPECIAL FINANCING through Project My Home. Hidden gem! [Alexandria - $699,990]

Experience true luxury and style, just steps from the water at this Oronoco penthouse in Old Town.

601 N Fairfax St #605

The modernist two-bedroom, two full and one half-bath flat offers 2,427 square feet of airy living space, with a bonus den/family room right off the kitchen, massive windows, spacious private terrace and sweeping views of the Potomac River. This is Alexandria's premiere landmark residence from EYA and architect Shalom Baranes. The glossy white-on-white open kitchen with extended quartz counters and Wolf and SubZero appliances is not only a place to prepare culinary delights, but an inviting social setting as well. Two parking spaces and storage convey. Community amenities include 24/7 front desk, concierge & porter, security, heated pool, private clubhouse with kitchen, playroom, fitness & yoga, dog washing station and more. Old Town is right at your doorstep, from the river and walking trails to the King Street trolley and unforgettable dining experiences. Welcome home. View the full media suite for this stunning property at www.LifeAtTheTop.com/Oronoco605 [The Oronoco - $2,299,000]

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736 Fords Landing Way

ly/InPersonShowingRequest - OPEN SAT & SUN by APPOINTMENT ONLY, 7/4-5, 2-4pm. In the Prominent & Highly Desirable Fords Landing Community of the quiet Southeast Quadrant, keenly located on the only hidden Grassy Community Courtyard, steps to Waterfront Promenade on the Potomac, Jones Point Park & Mt Vernon Trail. Blocks to the heart of Old Town, restaurants, shops & entertainment, plus take the Water Taxi to DC or the National Harbor. Easy access to Airport, DC, National Landing, Pentagon & more. Best of all worlds! Newer home built for today's living - Spacious & Bright with just under 3000 square feet. Bonus 4th Room on Top Level provides extra living area that can be used for bedroom, office, exercise, or lounge area for guest suite. Luxurious Master Retreat flooded with Natural Light & Vaulted Ceiling, Overlooks Grassy Courtyard with Two Walk-in Closets & Updated Grand Master Bath. Deck off Kitchen with Green View & Private Lower Level Patio that opens to Grassy Courtyard that could serve like a yard for recreation. Modern amenities include a 2 Car Garage, Dual Zone HVAC, Oversized Windows, Open Floor Plan, Soaring Ceilings & plentiful closet space. Newly installed Hardwood Floors & ALL NEW Systems & Appliances (every single one) since 2016! VIEW 3D Tour at https://bit.ly/736FordsLanding3D - OPEN HOUSES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, register here - https://bit.ly/InPersonShowingRequest - ALSO you may SCHEDULE a PRIVATE IN-PERSON SHOWING at another time using that same link. [Fords Landing - $1,475,000]

Welcome Home to the Torpedo Factory! Rarely available charming 2 level condo in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

125 N Lee St #Dh206

This condo is truly move-in ready and waiting for you. Newly renovated high-end modern kitchen with Quartz countertops, custom-built cabinets, porcelain tile subway backsplash, and brand-new LG black stainless steel appliances. Kitchen offers a desirable open floor plan into the spacious living room with newer laminate floors and crown moulding. Cozy wood burning fireplace for added charm. Head upstairs to find the new bathroom featuring a walk-in shower with custom sliding doors, rainfall shower head, and a large vanity with modern clean lines. The second level also offers a generous sized bedroom leading to a private balcony with double-door access plus a peek view of the Potomac River. Multiple closets with custom shelving. The condo comes with one deeded parking space in private, residence-only parking area. The parking space is located close to the unit and on the same level. Space #76. HVAC was replaced in 2014. The building covers common area and exterior maintenance, master insurance policy, lawn/grounds maintenance, management, reserve funds, sewer, snow removal, trash, water, plus extra storage. All of this is just steps from the best of Old Town Alexandria. King St is just one minute away with boutique shops and dining options. Located in the Arts District, across the street you will find the historic Torpedo Factory Art Center and Waterfront Park. Easy access to the ferry that will take you to National Harbor, National Stadium, and the Wharf Marina. Close to Harris Teeter, Balduccis, Whole Foods and Trader Joe~s. Easy commute to DC. Near the Yellow & Blue Metro lines, Amazon HQ National Landing, National Airport, National Harbor, GW Parkway, Pentagon & more. Come and fall in love with your new home today! [Torpedo Factory - $525,000]

**UNIT 226** Charming one bedroom unit in Old Town south.

820 S Washington St #B

Beautifully renovated unit with tons of natural light and hardwood floors throughout! Kitchen includes updates with stainless steel appliances! The building has extra storage space and shared laundry facilities. Walking distance to everything Old Town has to offer! Lockbox located outside of the building. Please schedule showings online for access details! [None Available - $279,000]

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502 Cameron St

Please contact listing agent for viewing Appointment. Beautiful Plaqued Semi-Detached Residence circa 1780, situated on coveted Cameron Street. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms + 2 Outdoor Spaces between the main level Patio and Rooftop Deck. Numerous charming Built-in's, Dentil Molding, Wainscoting and 4 Fireplaces. Truly exceptional Gourmet Kitchen includes - WOLF Range, Sub-Zero Refrigeration, BOSCH, Custom Soft-Close Cabinetry + Soapstone Counters. ASKO Washer/Dryer stacked. 502 Cameron Street offers fantastic flow from the Kitchen to outdoor space - perfect for entertaining. Original wood floors throughout - complete Old Town charm! Gorgeous New Master Bathroom features Carrara Marble Tiling and ToTo Bath Fixture. Recent Upgrades & Enhancements: NEW Roof Shingles Installed. NEW HVAC System. Just Painted Exterior / Interior, Designer Lighting Fixtures. Enjoy beautiful Sunsets on your Private Roof Deck or Entertain family and friends on the main level Patio. Situated just one block from Fine Dining, Retail and Entertainment on King Street. Minutes to Washington DC, Reagan National Airport, Central Location. Visit the Virtual Tour Link: http://spws.homevisit.com/hvid/298923 -- CONTACT AGENT FOR PRIVATE TOUR [Old Town Alexandria - $1,049,000]

Welcome to this gorgeous end-unit townhome condo in the highly sought-after community of Old Town Greens! With an open and modern design, this home is move-in ready! The main level boasts stunning hardwood floors, a dedicated dining area with a cozy gas fireplace, a half bathroom, and tons of natural light that flows through stylish plantation shutters.

1601 Potomac Greens Dr #B

The eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and a large sliding glass door that opens to a covered deck where you can relax or grill and enjoy true indoor-outdoor living. The upper level has vaulted ceilings, a stylish owner's suite with an ensuite bath and two large walk-in closets, two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom, and full-size washer and dryer. This home has an attached one-car garage, and comes with additional parking passes for you and your guests. In a perfect location for commuting, this home is minutes from Reagan National Airport, and only two stop lights from Washington DC. It is conveniently located near historic Old Town Alexandria, the popular Del Ray neighborhood, Potomac Yard, Amazon's HQ2 at National Landing, and the upcoming Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. It is walking distance to the Braddock Road metro station as well as the Potomac Yard metro station, scheduled to be completed in 2022. Don't feel like walking? There is a community shuttle service to the Braddock Road metro station. This home is literally steps from local coffee shops, stores, and restaurants. It is also only blocks from the Mount Vernon trail, an 18-mile paved multi-use trail that stretches from George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. There are many beautiful amenities for you to enjoy at Old Town Greens to include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a tot-lot, pet convenience stations, and loads of well-manicured green spaces. [Old Town Greens - $665,000]

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1200 Braddock Pl #204

Premium condo building located very close to Braddock Metro. Amazon HQ at Crystal City Metro stop. Super location with a superior renovation of kitchen and bathroom. Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances. The unit has new flooring in the kitchen, living/dining area and the bedroom. This unit has just been professionally painted and deep cleaned. Lovely 1BR/1BA. Large balcony and you can even have a grill! Assigned outdoor parking space 119. Swimming pool, exercise room. Metro is almost out your front door. Close to shopping, restaurants and other public transportation. EZ commuting. Video Tour: https://youtu.be/BXeEXltHgFQ [Braddock Place - $389,000]

Overlooking Windmill Hill Park on one of Old Town's most sought-after blocks, this 5-bedroom stunner offers unobstructed panoramic views of the Potomac River.

511 S Lee St

Built in 1820, this historic home was meticulously renovated with improvements that incorporate modern amenities while preserving its original charm. Original floors, interior trim, and windows have all been carefully restored to original conditions rarely found in historic homes. Top quality Farrow and Ball paint has been applied inside and out. An expanded kitchen boasts premium appliances, Italian Carrara marble, and radiant heated floors. Carefully hidden to preserve the home's architectural integrity, six independent climate zones were added throughout to provide efficient comfort. A centrally located wood-burning fireplace in the dining room delivers natural heat and aesthetic appeal. Exposed historic brick, radiant heated floors, high ceilings, windows and a graduated exit stairwell will make this basement one of the most unique features of this home. With custom cabinetry and built-ins throughout, the overall layout is both cozy and convenient, incorporating plenty of storage such as his/her master bedroom closets and an attic for storage. [Old Town - $2,195,000]

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