Here are some resources about Alexandria's historic sites. These sites, while not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are significant to Alexandria's history.
The Alexandria Library Company was founded in 1794, and operated as a subscription library. In 1937, funds were donated to erect a public library, in the building today known as the Barrett Branch Library, and an agreement was reached in which the Company turned over its collections to the City of Alexandria.
- Alexandria Library Company: A brief Historical Sketch. Courtesy, Alexandria Library, Special Collections.
- The Alexandria Library Company. William Seale, 2007. Available for purchase from the Alexandria Library.
The memorial, on South Washington at Church Street, marks the burial place for about 1,800 African Americans who fled to Alexandria to escape from bondage during the Civil War.
Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road
Learn about the history and archaeology of this former African American neighborhood, established after the Civil War in what is now Fort Ward Park. Download a brochure, learn about archaeological investigations, and read transcriptions of oral histories.
107 S. St. Asaph Street
Friendship Firehouse Museum is open to the public. The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, and was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855.
- Friendship Firehouse.
- Forming a More Perfect Community: An Early History of the Friendship Fire Company. T. Michael Carter. Historic Alexandria Quarterly, Summer, 2002.
St. Asaph and Pendleton Streets
- Portner’s Brewery. Summary of archaeological site report.
- Robert Portner and his Brewing Company , by Timothy J. Dennee, Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. (2002; Revised 2008).
Potomac Yard was once a huge rail classification yard that facilitated distribution of freight cars between northbound and southbound trains. See Heritage Trail Signs along Potomac Yard Park, read oral history transcripts of Potomac Yard workers, and review archaeology reports.
221 King Street
- The Saga of Saving and Reconstructing Ramsay House. Peter H. Smith. Alexandria Chronicle (Winter/Spring 1988/1999) Vol VII, No. 1, 2.
902 Wythe Street
- Robinson Library.
- America's First Sit-Down Strike: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In. Lesson Plan: Teaching with Historic Places in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union Street
- The Torpedo Factory Art Center Watch a 23-minute video or read a short history of this building.
- Felix Richard’s Slaves. Photographs of Laundry Day at Volusia. Amy Bertsch, Office of Historic Alexandria (2008).