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4 Unique And Interesting Things In Alexandria

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 an alley that attracted an annoying amount of horse-drawn wagon traffic and loiterers. To stop people from using the alleyway 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 still 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

Local legend has it that in 1816 a young couple arrived in Alexandria 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 that 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

This family business was founded in 1792 and operated continuously until 1933. However, competition from synthetic drug companies and the Great Depression led it to bankruptcy and it closed in 1933. In 1939, it reopened as a museum and now 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

410 S Columbus St

3 beds, 1 full,1 part baths

Home size: 1,098 sq.ft.

Price: $779,900

Property Type: End of Row/Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX254862

Subdivision: Old Town

Added: 01/21/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

801 N Pitt St #1705

1 beds, 1 full baths

Home size: 788 sq.ft.

Price: $310,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX254902

Subdivision: Port Royal Condominium

Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

1607 Potomac Greens Dr #A

2 beds, 2 full baths

Home size: 1,216 sq.ft.

Price: $604,000

Property Type: End of Row/Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX253724

Subdivision: Old Town Greens

Added: 12/01/20, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

907 Princess St

1 beds, 1 full baths

Home size: 1,092 sq.ft.

Price: $449,500

Property Type: Twin/Semi-Detached for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX255326

Subdivision: Parker Gray

Added: 01/22/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

708 Catts Tavern Dr

4 beds, 2 full,1 part baths

Home size: 2,294 sq.ft.

Price: $895,000

Property Type: End of Row/Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX254850

Subdivision: Old Town Greens

Added: 01/22/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

310 Strand Street #Residence 305

2 beds, 2 full,1 part baths

Home size: 2,090 sq.ft.

Price: $2,895,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX255072

Subdivision: Robinson Landing

Added: 01/14/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

310 Strand Street #Residence 101

2 beds, 2 full baths

Home size: 1,545 sq.ft.

Price: $1,495,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX255068

Subdivision: Robinson Landing

Added: 01/14/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

300 Strand Street #Residence 403

3 beds, 2 full,1 part baths

Home size: 2,790 sq.ft.

Price: $4,995,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX254626

Subdivision: Robinson Landing

Added: 12/31/20, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

611 Second

3 beds, 3 full,2 part baths

Home size: 2,435 sq.ft.

Price: $1,479,900

Property Type: End of Row/Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX253124

Subdivision: None Available

Added: 11/07/20, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

1119 E Abingdon

3 beds, 3 full,2 part baths

Home size: 2,499 sq.ft.

Price: $1,496,360

Property Type: Interior Row/Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX253142

Subdivision: The Towns At Abingdon Place

Added: 11/12/20, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

310 Strand St #Residence 201

2 beds, 2 full baths

Home size: 1,440 sq.ft.

Price: $1,675,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX254696

Subdivision: Robinson Landing

Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

10 Bakers Walk #Residence 202

2 beds, 2 full baths

Home size: 1,485 sq.ft.

Price: $1,395,000

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX255064

Subdivision: Robinson Landing

Added: 01/14/21, Last Updated: 01/22/2021

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