517 Prince Street: The Murray-Dick-Fawcett House

The City of Alexandria has acquired a new historic property in Old Town Alexandria. The City used 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, to acquire the site.

Page updated on Sep 29, 2017 at 1:40 PM

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.

Virtual Tour

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.

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

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.

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