Making History – Historic Attractions in Old Town Alexandria
Unlock the rich history of Alexandria during your stay at The Alexandrian in Old Town Alexandria. Save on downtown Alexandria accommodations and discover an array of historic attractions that illustrate the beginnings of America with our One, Two, Free Night Stay offer. Enjoy two complimentary Key to the City museum passes and visit numerous historic sites around the city for free.
Don’t miss these popular historic attractions in and around Old Town Alexandria:
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
The center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern once hosted famous patrons, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Now a city museum, visit Gadsby’s during your long weekend stay at The Alexandrian in Old Town Alexandria and marvel at original 18th century architecture and learn about the tavern’s historic ties to the nation’s first president.
The Lloyd House
Built in the 1790s, Lloyd House is one of the best examples of eighteenth-century Georgian-style architecture in Old Town Alexandria. Marked by symmetry and classical design, Lloyd House and garden are a must-see on your self-guided tour of historic downtown Alexandria.
Carlyle House Historic Park
Step back in time and experience the history of this beautifully restored 18th century mansion. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy nearly an acre of open space in the heart of Old Town Alexandria or spend an afternoon out of exploring the home and grounds of this historic park near our downtown Alexandria hotel.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
A five-minute walk from the Alexandria waterfront, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is home to a historic collection of journals, formula books, prescriptions, medical equipment, and hand-blow glass instruments. Operating from 1805 to 1933, discover one of the longest continuously run businesses in Old Town Alexandria.
The Alexandria Lyceum
Now the Alexandria History Museum, The Alexandria Lyceum in downtown Alexandria was completed in 1838 by a group of local men with an interest in improving public education and offering cultural opportunities to the Alexandria community. Within walking distance of our King Street hotel, enjoy exhibitions and public programs during your weekend getaway at The Alexandrian.
Freedom House Museum
Once the headquarters of the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, today the Freedom House Museum in Old Town Alexandria provides a glimpse into the lives of enslaved men and women and the harsh reality of Alexandria’s past role in the domestic slave trade.
Friendship Firehouse Museum
A five minute walk from The Alexandrian in Old Town Alexandria, the Friendship Firehouse Museum is the original home to Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company founded in 1774. During your stay, visit this historic firehouse and learn more about the equipment and vehicles used to protect the city from fire during the 18th century.