|Alexandria Waterfront, May 1865. Courtesy Alexandria Library, Special Collections.|
The Alexandria waterfront has an extensive history. While much has been written about various aspects of maritime history and activities on the waterfront, there is not one easy source from which to acquire information. The materials assembled here include research projects by Alexandria Archaeology staff and volunteers, as well as members of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, about historic buildings, places and preservation planning tools such as GIS maps. These studies are not intended as the definitive history of the waterfront but are part of an ongoing program to study the complexities of Alexandria’s maritime heritage and to preserve historic resources. Links and references are also provided to additional sources that are particularly helpful in understanding the historic waterfront.
As redevelopment takes place along Alexandria's waterfront, archaeologists are exploring the properties undergoing development. Excavation updates provide photos and possible interpretations of the archaeological finds as they are unearthed on the waterfront projects.
Discoveries at Robinson Terminal South, 2 Duke Street (2017-2018)
- Three 18th-Century Ships
- Robert Townsend Hooe Warehouse and Store
- Pioneer Mills
- Extending the Shoreline: The Bulkhead Wharf
Discoveries at the Hotel Indigo Site, 220 N. Union Street (2015-2016)
Earlier waterfront Discoveries
- Alexandria Canal, Trans-Potomac Canal Plaza, 600 block N. Fairfax Street (1989)
- Carlyle-Dalton Wharf, Residences at the Torpedo Factory, 100 block N. Lee Street (1982)
- Keith’s Wharf, Ford's Landing, 700 block S. Union Street (1988)
- Lee Street Site, 200 block N. Lee Street (1997)
- Roberdeau’s Wharf, Harborside, 400 block S. Union Street (1989)
- Waterfront-related Alexandria Archaeology Publications and Site Reports
- Studies of the Old Waterfront. Researched studies of events, people, and buildings important to the history of the waterfront.
- Historic Buildings and Places on the Waterfront. History and images of historic buildings along the waterfront.
- Maps of Sites and Historic Buildings on the Waterfront. Maps of the current Alexandria waterfront with historic sites and buildings noted.
- First-Person Accounts of the Historic Waterfront. Descriptions of Alexandria by travelers from the early 17th century to the early 20th century.