Alexandria Heritage Trail
About the Alexandria Heritage Trail
The Alexandria Heritage Trail, covering 23-miles, has been designated as a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Through five geographic regions, the varied segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail are a means to explore the origins and continuing evolution of the Nation. To date, 830 miles of existing and planned trails have been recognized as segments of the Trail network.
The Alexandria Heritage Trail continues to grow, with new signs added each year.
New markers are in the news. Alexandria residents continue to preserve African American history, new markers added. WJLA, December 6, 2021. See the new marker on the Domestic Slave Trade, below.
Heritage Trail Maps and Guidebook
Alexandria Heritage Trail Map: Print an 11x17 map of the full Alexandria Heritage Trail.
Old Town Map: Print an 11x17 map of the Old Town section of the Heritage Trail.
Alexandria Heritage Trail guidebook: Take this 80-page illustrated guidebook with you on your journey. Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail: a Guide to Exploring a Virginia Town’s Hidden Past, by City Archaeologist Pamela J. Cressey, contains maps of each trail segment and historical and archaeological information about 110 locations on the Heritage Trail. This book is out of print, but is still be available from online resellers.
Heritage Trail Signs
Historical markers are being placed a number of locations in the City of Alexandria, on the Alexandria Heritage Trail and beyond. See below for special groups of signs at Jones Point, Fort Ward Park, Chinquapin Park, Del Ray and more.
- Timeline of Alexandria History (City Dock behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, in the shopping arcade on the south end toward King Street)
- Alexandria Library Sit-In (711 Queen Street, outside of Barrett Library)
- The Baggett and Hellmuth Slaughterhouse (1501 Cameron Street)
- The Berg (600 block N. Royal Street)
- Cameron Valley (Meridian at Eisenhower Apartments - 2351 Eisenhower Ave)
- Carver Nursery School/Post 129 (224 N. Fayette Street)
- The Domestic Slave Trade (Waterfront Park, east of The Strand and south of King Street)
- 1323 Duke Street -- From Slavery to Freedom and Service (1323 Duke Street)
- The Edmonson Sisters (1707 Duke Street, in front of the Bruin Slave Pen building)
- The First Parker-Gray School (901 Wythe Street, in front of Charles-Houston Recreation Center)
- Foot of King Street (Waterfront Park)
- Industrialization on the Strand (211 Strand, Watermark Condominiums)
- Ramsey Homes (North Patrick Street between Pendleton and Wythe Streets)
- Ramsey Homes Civil War & Archaeology of the Block (North Patrick Street between Pendleton and Wythe Streets)
The Student-Athletes of Parker-Gray High School (900-block Madison Street, behind Charles-Houston Recreation Center)
Suffragists and a Courtroom Decision in Alexandria (SW corner of Prince & St. Asaph streets)
- Waterfront Archaeology (211 Strand, Watermark Condominiums)
- The West End (in the African American Heritage Park, Duke Street and Holland Lane)
- Wilkes Street Tunnel (on the path to the tunnel on Wilkes Street, at the entrance to the tunnel near S. Lee Street)
- Windmill Hill (at entrance to park on S. Union Street, between Wolfe and Gibbon Street)
- Hoof's Run Bridge (in the African American Heritage Park, Duke Street and Holland Lane)
Wayfinding Signs and Self-Guided Tours
Wayfinding Signs can be found on and around King Street, from the Masonic Temple on Shuter's Hill to the waterfront. They are best explored on foot, or you can see the panels online.
Explore Historic Alexandria with self-guided tours. Walk or bike with the guidance of brochures, maps and cue-sheets, cell tours, podcasts or apps.