Murray-Dick-Fawcett House: 517 Prince Street

This historic property at 517 Prince Street is one of the oldest homes in Alexandria. The City acquired this property in 2017, using grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation ($900,000) and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation ($300,000), along with an equity donation by the home’s former owner.

Page updated on Sep 10, 2020 at 10:56 AM

The House and Garden

517 PrinceThe Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, at 517 Prince Street, is one of the earliest homes in the city, and possibly the least altered 18th Century home in Northern Virginia.

The 0.3-acre lot, which contains the 244-year-old timber frame and brick dwelling, and a small garden, was one of the few buildings in existence in the area during the American Revolution. The house has been recognized by local historians as a “fascinating microcosm of the complete single family dwelling, containing in addition to the usual living, dining and bedrooms a kitchen, a necessary, rooms for slaves or servants and storage rooms, all under one roof.”

The property is to be used in perpetuity as a historic site, vest-pocket park and garden, creating new open space in Old Town and preserving this nationally significant architectural and cultural resource for residents and visitors. The former owner has tenancy in the house for his lifetime, with public access for special events 12 times per year.  In the future, the house will be operated as a museum and educational center focused on domestic life in Alexandria during the 18th and 19th centuries.


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Virtual Tour 

See the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House on the  VisitAlexandria 360 virtual tour.


Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum are now open. Public programs are cancelled until further notice. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings.


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One of the most interesting examples of architectural survival in densely populated Alexandria is the dwelling at 517 Prince St., one of the earliest homes in the city and possibly the least-altered 18th-century home in Northern Virginia, which is still used today as a residence. Learn more from "A gem of a house on Prince Street," originally printed in Out of the Attic, Alexandria Times, 7/20/2017.


Items of clothing, representing several generations of residents of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett house, were donated to The Lyceum by a former owner. These are among the objects that appeared in the 2002-2003 Lyceum exhibit "Generations: Costume in Alexandria."


Join us in Old Town Alexandria each second Friday of the month for a concert sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and The Office of Historic Alexandria. 

Visiting the Garden

The garden area  is open to the public from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please respect the privacy of the home’s tenant and do not ascend the steps to the house.

Visiting the House

The house is open for special events throughout the year. Public events will be announced through eNews, the Calendar, and the press. The first events were held for Preservation Month 2017.

Event Tickets

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