Old Town

Welcome to Old Town

Minutes from Washington D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria delights travelers from all over the world. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Visitors can also enjoy the free King Street Trolley.

Old Town is located in the eastern part of Alexandria along the Potomac River (zip code 22314). It is the oldest section of the city, originally laid out in 1749, and is a designated a historic district. Old Town is mainly known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. Some of the historic landmarks in Old Town include Robert E. Lee's boyhood home, the Lee-Fendall House, a replica of George Washington's townhouse, Gadsby's Tavern, and the Torpedo Factory art gallery. Old Town is laid out on a grid plan of substantially square blocks.  Old Town also attracts many people to its streets for its nightlife.

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