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Interesting facts about Alexandria, VA

  • Alexandria is primarily known for its rich colonial history as George Washington's hometown.
  • Originally explored by Captain John Smith in the 1620s, the area was sold to John Alexander for 6,600 pounds of tobacco in 1669.
  • The historic center of Alexandria is known as "Old Town". With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.