While Alexandria’s Southeast Quadrant may be a major historic attraction when it comes to old homes, many of Old Town’s oldest and most well known homes reside just across King Street in the Northeast Quadrant of town.
As we continue our Old Town walking tour series we’ll focus on this important northeast section of Alexandria where the city’s original center was situated, and where Alexandria’s most famous families, the Washingtons, Lees, and Carlyles, all ate, slept, and lived.
This walking tour is 2.2 miles and should take between an hour and one hour 20 minutes to complete (more if you opt for a tour at any of the museum stops). The terrain is easy and there are no hills or tricky footing.
We’ll once again start this tour at the central intersection of Alexandria’s four quadrants, Washington and King Streets, directly in front of the Alfriend Building, also known as the John Gordon house, on the northeast corner of the street. This beautiful building is a row end building with a Georgian facade, one of the few remaining in Alexandria.