History is nurtured and treasured in the City of Alexandria and in neighboring South Fairfax County. A History Lover’s Guide to Alexandria & South Fairfax County focuses on this special area along the Potomac River.
Travel through history from Old Town to Mason Neck and witness the practice of preservation as it continues to evolve today. Alexandria cares for the places essential to understanding our shared past, from cobblestone streets to the always active waterfront. Visit the numerous museums and historic houses, many of which are iconic in American history, in Old Town. Learn the stories of Alexandria’s African American community, from slavery to freedom. Discover neighborhoods like Del Ray and Seminary Hill. South of the city, travel the George Washington Memorial Parkway and walk in the footsteps of Washington himself.
Historian and preservationist Laura Macaluso draws connections between city and county, and between past and present.