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Walk in the footsteps of George Washington and Robert E. Lee along our brick-lined streets, by elegant Federal homes and cobblestone alleyways. From Colonial times through the Civil War, Alexandria has been the scene of many “firsts” in American history:

  • In 1774, Virginia delegates George Washington and George Mason adopted the “Fairfax Resolves” calling for an end to trade with England

  • In 1755, Gen. Edward Braddock and five Royal Colonial Governors met here and decided to levy England’s first tax on the Colonies

  • Throughout the 1600 and 1700s, this seaport city had a thriving tobacco trade with England.

  • In 1861, here occurred the very first casualties of the Civil War

Each tour is a 60 minute walking tour, led by an experienced, entertaining guide, covering 8-10 blocks.  


Offered Friday through Sunday at 2pm 

History Tours

African American


Alexandria’s African-American heritage is particularly rich and varied. Alexandria was a unique environment as home to one of the largest slave markets, and also one of the largest freedmen communities in the South prior to the Civil War. 


On this tour you and your guests will see a glimpse into the day-to-day lives and stories of the African-American residents of town – both slave and freedman, living and working side by side from 1749-1865 – slavery to freedom. 

You will hear stories of joy and love, industry and commitment, disappointments and death. You will learn how the changing laws challenged the community.


Each tour is a 60-90 minute walking tour, led by an experienced guide, covering 8-10 blocks.

Offered by request by choosing an option below:


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