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

Welcome to this gorgeous, bright & spacious renovated home in Old Town Alexandria.

115 S Payne St

Designed with crisp modern finishes it's guaranteed to take your breath away. Large kitchen includes ample cabinet space, breakfast nook, top of the line Stainless steel appliances & gleaming granite counter tops. Relaxing & private patio w/fenced back yard. This location is truly unbeatable! Zoned for both residential and commercial. Located on the corner of King St and Payne St short walk to King St Metro. Tons of shopping and restaurants only a few steps from your front door! [Old Town Alexandria - $749,999]

Wonderful historic flounder house circa 1790 on a prime Queen Street block! A "flounder house" is a two or three story house with half a gable roof.

515 Queen St

Flounder houses are scattered throughout Old Town and very special to the history of this town. Like the fish for which the structure is named, its high side is blind and normally falls precisely on the property line. Hardwood floors and exposed brick in the living room lend ambiance to the living room. The dining room with exposed original beams and hardwood floors oozes with charm. Top of the line Liebherr refrigerator and GE Profile stove with gas cooking will please the chef. Other stainless kitchen appliances are recent including the washer/dryer. The master bedroom has a sloped ceiling, matching the flounder roof, a window looking out to historic Queen Street plus a nice size closet. And the second bedroom/office offers built-in bookshelves and a skylight. Two Carrier HVAC split systems are recent. A very deep patio and garden beckons you outside for grilling and al fresco dining. [Old Town - $599,900]

Shows like a model home! Location, location , location! This main level unit is fully furnished and in Pristine condition! Fully furnished! Even the beautiful Queen size Murphy bed! Nice sized living room with a separate dining area.

906 S Washington St #101

Secured building. Bus stop very close to building. Metro is close and wonderful Old Town shops and restaurants are at your finger tips. Make this your pied-a-terre! A quick jaunt to wonderful shopping , parks, the Potomac River, The George Washington Bike Path and so Much More! [Old Town - $189,900]

A well situated pied-a-terre! Unit #327 - Charming studio apartment in Old Town south.

820 S Washington St #B - 327

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. Commuters delight and close proximity to everything Old Town has to offer! Easy access to Reagan National Airport, National Harbor, I-95, I-495, I-395, I-295, and even better is The Mount Vernon Bike Trail, an 18 mile multi use trail to enjoy. [Bearings South - $221,000]

Spectacular condo that lives like a roomy townhome! Quietly situated in the sought after community of Watergate of Alexandria, 949 N Pitt Street offers location, convenience, and an enviable lifestyle.

949 N Pitt St

A spacious end unit home, the main level presents neutral paint colors, pristine hardwood floors, classic crown molding, and an open layout to make your own. The living room flaunts a wood-burning fireplace that provides comfort in the colder months and access to the home's private patio refuge. Step out to a brick outdoor space that is ideal for grilling, and dining al fresco with family and friends. Dining room abuts the kitchen for easy entertaining in a formal setting. Kitchen boasts all new stainless Whirlpool appliances, ample cabinet storage and granite countertops for meal prep. Upper level is a comfortable retreat with three bedrooms and two full baths. Primary room provides an abundance of closet space and has an ensuite bath. Second bedroom has a murphy bed that conveys. Third bedroom can make a great office or virtual learning option! This home comes with 2 underground, assigned parking spaces (183 &184) which is rare to find in Old Town. Close to all Old Town has to offer: waterfront parks and activities, community events, charming shops, award-winning dining, everyday grocery needs (Trader Joes or Harris Teeter), biking/jogging trails of GW Parkway, and wellness opportunities. Near National airport, metro, GW Parkway, AmazonHQ2, DC, and more! Condo fees cover water, trash, and exterior maintenance. [Watergate of Alexandria - $730,000]

Priced to sell.

911 Franklin St

Updated Old Town Alexandria row-home / townhome with 2 ensuite bathrooms. - bathroom that are connected to a bedroom. Built in 1984. Newley updated 2020: new floors, new carpet and Tile, New paint. Enclosed Private Patio - New cedar fence was installed on Sept 7, 2020.  Short bus route to The Pentagon and Crystal City.  Convenient Drive to Fort Belvoir. Metro Rail is in walking distance. Dash Buss Three blocks from GW Parkway, 5 Minute drive to National Harbor, Private off street Parking [Old Town SE Quadrant - $719,900]

Total Estimated Square Footage: 1200.

820 Green

Tax records deemed inaccurate. Lower level is fully functional and accessible. All brick townhome in Hunting Creek, Old Town SW Quadrant. Bright, traditional layout. Flagstone paving in front garden, brick terrace in the rear. Retractable awning fabric is being replaced. Lower level offers full bath and exterior walk-up. [Hunting Creek - $699,900]

New Price! A rare find in Old Town! A well maintained, modern townhouse with a fenced in backyard, 2 reserved off street parking spaces, large closets, ample storage, and over 2000 sq ft of living space at this great price.

1012 Wythe St

Fantastic and highly sought after location. Close distance to Braddock Road Metro, the Potomac River & Trails, Trader Joe's, restaurants and shops. Ideal location for commuters, with an easy drive to the Pentagon, Amazon HQ 2, National Airport, Fort Belvoir and downtown Washington D.C. Features & improvements include: rebuilt front and back brick steps, leveled patio, new dual zone AC units, new carpets, fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors throughout, brand new dishwasher, 42" refinished Oak cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, upgraded windows with white plantation shutters, gas fireplace, 9 foot ceilings with recessed lighting, a bathroom on every level, basement with laundry, a utility sink, as well as ample space for an office or home gym. 3 bedrooms and your choice for the primary bedroom (3rd floor bedroom includes an en suite), a loft den that can be used as a home office or children's homeschooling area, extra bedroom or TV room. Paved brick patio & fenced in yard is shaded & cool, great for entertaining & gardening. The backyard is truly a private oasis. The yard includes mature crepe myrtle trees, weeping Cherry Blossom tree that blooms every March, and a Japanese Maple tree. Welcome home! [West Wythe Payne - $825,000]

Freshly painted with new carpet and updated kitchen, this sparkling Old Town row home is move-in ready! Take in the industrial-chic elements linked with the building's storied history as Robert Portner Brewery and Briggs Aeroplane Company.

605 N Saint Asaph St

Reimagined as an Old Town row home, this meticulously maintained luxury property checks all of the boxes, while seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living with TWO spacious private patios and parking for TWO. Featuring 8 ft. palladium windows, 12 ft. ceilings, wood floors and crown moulding, a charming fireplace, custom closets (TWO walk-ins in owner's suite), loads of storage space, and much more! Whether you adore dining al fresco, sitting with a glass of wine and a book, or starting the day off outdoors with a cup of coffee, these patios are a must-see! Superbly located, Old Town's shopping, dining, and outdoor activities are at your fingertips. Located steps away from Trader Joe's and a short walk to King Street, Harris Teeter, Braddock Metro, the GW Trail, a dog park, tennis courts, waterfront, planned Arts and Cultural District with MetroStage theatre, two farmers' markets, gyms, numerous yoga studios, and a quick 5 minute drive to DCA + 10 minute drive to DC. This home has it all. Don't wait to get in! [Portner Brewery - $885,000]

This ideally-located, all brick, 4-level Old Town home is well designed and has a flexible floorplan.

508 N West St

Whether you’re working from home or working out, hosting virtual happy hour or virtual schooling, this home can handle all your needs gracefully. From the covered porch, you’ll enter into the front hall with an open view to the newly re-designed kitchen. A stunning white shaker-style kitchen with new cabinets, granite counters, a breakfast bar, glass tile backsplash and stainless appliances, this space was thoughtfully designed for both form and function. This 2-bedroom, 3-full-bath home has 3 flexible living areas in which to spread apart or come together. The first is the dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, with a wood burning fireplace, crown moldings and access to the walled backyard with slate patio. The Owners’ suite is spacious, taking a whole level of this home. It has new carpet and 4 closets including a walk-in closet and a linen closet. The dual vanity, en suite bathroom is massive. The second bedroom shares a level with the living room and has built-in bookshelves and plenty of natural light. The lower level of this home houses another living space. With its full bath, it could serve as a workout space, home office or guest space as needed. Once life returns to normal, you’ll find yourself conflicted between hosting friends in your beautiful home or meeting them at your favorite nearby restaurants. A “Walker’s Paradise”, 508 North West Street has a 92 walk score. Commuting from Colecroft couldn’t be easier. With your reserved parking space, you can quickly hop in the car for a short drive to National Harbor, National Landing (Amazon’s HQ2), the Capital Beltway or Reagan National Airport. Or just leave the car and take Metro. It’s just a block away! [Parker Gray - $735,000]

Welcome to 413 N Fairfax Street.

413 N Fairfax St

An inviting renovated all brick end TH tucked away in a private culdesac walking distance to restaurants, shopping and much more. This one of a kind community has an outdoor pool, tennis and pickle ball court. Recently updated top to bottom with hardwood floors throughout, renovated kitchen with SS appliances and updated baths, replaced roof and landscaping with watering system. The fenced back yard has a blue stone terrace and mature plantings. A dormer was added for additional bedroom, bath, walkin closet and storage. Enjoy al fresco dining from this gorgeous white kitchen next to the patio. The new full sized washer and dryer in a laundry room was well designed with lots of built ins for storage and a pull down ironing board. The 3rd bedroom also functions as a built in office with beautiful views of the pool and tennis court. Owners have spared no expense in updating the home. New HVAC installed in 2018 and chimney repointed in 2019. Bright sunfilled home in friendly community and ready for new buyers. [Princess Street Townhouses - $999,900]

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