The House and Garden
The 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.
See the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House on the VisitAlexandria 360 virtual tour.
History of the House
Learn more about the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House from this article, published in the Alexandria Times.
- A gem of a house on Prince Street. Out of the Attic, Alexandria Times, 7/20/2017.
Collections from the House
Items of clothing, representing several generations of residents of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett house, were donated to The Lyceum by a former owner, and appeared in the 2002-2003 Lyceum exhibit "Generations: Costume in 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