If you are someone perpetually fascinated by the early years of the making of the District of Columbia—and have always wondered what happened to the Virginia piece--this program is for you!
Did you know that the original Boundary Stone marking the southern-most point of the District of Columbia is in Alexandria, VA? For more than fifty years, the town on the other side of the Potomac was known as Alexandria, Washington City. A prominent port in the eighteen century, it expected only to expand as a part of the new nation’s capital. Though mistaken about its economic future, Alexandria nevertheless attracted residents and built historic ties to the District that have endured long past the 1846 retrocession. Brick sidewalks and 18th-century architecture inspire stories about the contradictions inherent in this now quaint town’s identity as a former D.C. neighborhood. In between the memories of the neighbors and compatriots of George Washington are those of the free and enslaved communities that evolved in the same locale as one of the largest slave markets in the country. Find out where you can see evidence of these and other touchstones to the founding of the nation's capital.