For the next few days we are in Alexandria, Virginia splitting time between training, work, and some sightseeing.
We’re staying in Alexandria, just across the Potomac from our Nation’s Capital. Alexandria was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War and Alexandria’s Old Town area has so many historic sites that it’s tough to hit them all. A ride on the free King Street Trolley provides an interesting trip along this historic avenue. You can hop off the trolley and visit the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. Founded in 1792 and operated continuously until 1933 when it was converted into a museum. Rumor has it that Martha Washington used to order medicine from here. Ready for some
How about some great food with a great view? At one end of King Street is the Alexandria Waterfront and Vola’s Dockside Grill is the perfect spot for dining al fresco along the Potomac. They are a seafood focused restaurant with a big selection of Oysters, fresh fish and shellfish.
Another historic establishment is Gadsby’s Tavern. Just off King Street; they’ve been serving food here since 1770! George Washington dined here as well as Thomas Jefferson and the colonial atmosphere makes it seen as if he could walk through the door again at any moment. The food’s pretty good too and served by staff dressed in colonial period clothing. There is a special feeling you get from dining in the same room where Washington and Jefferson ate.
The narrow brick sidewalks and historic colonial architecture of Old Town make for a one-of-a-kind walk through history.
Alexandria has some great views whether on the waterfront or a mile or so inland. With its’ proximity to Washington there are many federal facilities and personnel in Alexandria. It seemed a little surreal to be here on the anniversary of 9/11 with the President visiting the Pentagon just down the road.
A special thank you to Senator Joni Ernst and her staff for arranging a tour of the United States Capitol on Saturday. With very short notice we contacted our Senator’s office and explained that we were in Alexandria for a few days and wondered if it would be possible to aggange a tour of the Capitol. Within several hours we received a phone call from the Senator’s staff asking if we would be available on Saturday morning for our tour. Shortly after the call we received an email with the details of our tour. Thank you! We are looking forward to visiting the Capitol.