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Alexandria, Virginia, USA

A fort was built on the site in 1676 to defend the area from attacks by Susquehannock (Susquehanna) Indians. The site was settled in the late 1600s, and a community known as Belhaven was founded there in 1731. English and Scottish merchants then established a tobacco warehouse in Belhaven, and the settlement soon became an important shipping centre. It was organized in 1749 and renamed for John Alexander, who had originally been granted the land, and in 1779 it was incorporated as a town. Alexandria has the unique distinction of being designated an independent city (without county affiliation) by an act of Congress (1852). George Washington helped to lay out its streets and drilled troops there during the French and Indian War.

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  • 1749 - Alexandria, Virginia founded

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  • 1792 - Bank of Alexandria Established
    In 1792, Bank of Alexandria was established with capital of $500,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher...Read MORE...


  • News 1854 - Destructive Fire at Alexandria.
    WASHINGTON, Monday, June 5. The provision stores of Mr. Hone and Messrs. Masters & Son, on Union-street, Alexandria, were destroyed by fire this...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Alexandria
    Alexandria, a city port of entry and capital of Alexandria county, Virginia, on the right bank of the Potomac, 7 miles below Washington. Lat. 38° 49' ...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - May 24 - Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops

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  • News 1885 - Freight Train Wreck
    Alexandria, VA - Feb 12 - By the breaking of a rail on the Washington, Ohio and West railroad, between Guilford and Farmwell stations, this morning,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Alexandria
    Alexandria, a city, port of entry, and capital of Alexandria co., Va., on the right bank of the Potomac River, 7 miles below Washington. The river,...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - FIRE IN ALEXANDRIA. Three Blocks in Blaze With a Loss of $500,000.
    By United Press.
    Washington, D. C. May 13 - A big fire is raging in Alexandria, Va., just across the river from Washington. It started in the lumber ...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Alexandria, a city and port of entry of Virginia (formerly in Alexandria co., now independent), on the right bank of the Potomac River, 6 miles below ...Read MORE...


  • Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
    Postcard
  • News 1922 - MOTHER AND 4 CHILDREN ARE DROWNED MRS. WILLIAM LAWRENCE, DAUGHTER ANT TWO SONS PERISH WHEN SCHOONER SINKS.
    HUSBAND AND SON SAVED
    Captain and Son Rescued From Rigging of Boat; Taken to Hospital.

    WASHINGTON. April 14. - One woman, her daughter and three...Read MORE...


  • 1927 - November 17 - A tornado cut a seventeen mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington, DC, injuring 31 persons.

    The Weather Channel

  • Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Christ Church, Alexandria, Va. where Washington Worshipped
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  • Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Carlyle House, Alexandria, Va.
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Christ Church, Alexandria, Va. where Washington Worshipped
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Carlyle House, Alexandria, Va.
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  • 1749 - Alexandria, Virginia founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1792 - Bank of Alexandria Established
    In 1792, Bank of Alexandria was established with capital of $500,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Alexandria
    Alexandria, a city port of entry and capital of Alexandria county, Virginia, on the right bank of the Potomac, 7 miles below Washington. Lat. 38° 49' ... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - Destructive Fire at Alexandria.
    WASHINGTON, Monday, June 5. The provision stores of Mr. Hone and Messrs. Masters & Son, on Union-street, Alexandria, were destroyed by fire this... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - May 24 - Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops

    historyorb.com
  • News  1885 - Freight Train Wreck
    Alexandria, VA - Feb 12 - By the breaking of a rail on the Washington, Ohio and West railroad, between Guilford and Farmwell stations, this morning,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Alexandria
    Alexandria, a city, port of entry, and capital of Alexandria co., Va., on the right bank of the Potomac River, 7 miles below Washington. The river,... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - FIRE IN ALEXANDRIA. Three Blocks in Blaze With a Loss of $500,000.
    By United Press.
    Washington, D. C. May 13 - A big fire is raging in Alexandria, Va., just across the river from Washington. It started in the lumber ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Alexandria, a city and port of entry of Virginia (formerly in Alexandria co., now independent), on the right bank of the Potomac River, 6 miles below ... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - MOTHER AND 4 CHILDREN ARE DROWNED MRS. WILLIAM LAWRENCE, DAUGHTER ANT TWO SONS PERISH WHEN SCHOONER SINKS.
    HUSBAND AND SON SAVED
    Captain and Son Rescued From Rigging of Boat; Taken to Hospital.

    WASHINGTON. April 14. - One woman, her daughter and three... Read MORE...

  • 1927 - November 17 - A tornado cut a seventeen mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington, DC, injuring 31 persons.

    The Weather Channel

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