George Washington in Alexandria

George Washington in Alexandria (HM26IM)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.297', W 77° 2.74'

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City of Alexandria Est. 1749

George Washington considered Alexandria his hometown after its founding in 1749, and it is here that he came to do business, learn the events of the world, pick up mail, and visit friends. His first association with the town was probably as a 17 year-old assistant to the county surveyor in laying out the original plan for the town. His older brother, Lawrence, purchased one of the first lots in 1749.

Two decades before the American Revolution, George Washington was loyal to the crown of England, and in that service he recruited his first soldiers and drilled them in the Market Square. In the spring of 1754, he marched out of Alexandria on his military campaign of the French and Indian War. Later, in 1763, he was chosen as a town trustee. When Alexandria's first bank opened its doors in 1792, George Washington was a stockholder and depositor.

Martha and George Washington attended services at nearby Christ Church where the family bought, and later rented, a box pew. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum at 105-107 South Fairfax Street still retains the records from when Martha Washington requested medicines and herbs to be sent for use by family members. One block from here at 508 Cameron Street is the modest, reconstructed town house (now privately owned), first built by George Washington in 1769 as a domestic



alternative to the long horseback ride to Mount Vernon. Originally built without a kitchen, his meals would be taken at local taverns; Gadsby's Tavern was a favorite. Washington was welcomed home from the presidency at a civic dinner held at Gadsby's, and returned there to dance at a ball on his last birthday in 1799. ON December 16 of that year, the Alexandria Gazette reported "the death of their illustrious benefactor." Washington's memorial service was held at the Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria.

How did St. Asaph Street get its name?
St. Asaph Street was named in honor of Rev. Jonathan Shipley, the English Bishop of St. Asaph, who, although never having set foot in America, supported the American cause for independence from Great Britain.
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Placed ByCity of Alexandria
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Date Added Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322368 N 4297119
Decimal Degrees38.80495000, -77.04566667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.297', W 77° 2.74'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 17.82" N, 77° 2' 44.4" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515-599 King St, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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