History Hiking Through Old Town Alexandria

Pubs & the Water Front 
The Torpedo Factory


The Torpedo Factory used to be a munitions plant but it is now the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the United States.*  The factory was founded in 1974 and it is a must see while visiting the Potomac Riverfront.   To learn more about the Torpedo Factor visit their website for more detailed information.  

The Water Front





To learn more about the water front visit Old Town Alexandria’s website.

History and More on the Visitors Center


The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House is a good place to start during your visit.  Here you can find brochures, maps, and tickets to many of the sites around the town.

The founder of the town of Alexandria is said to be William Ramsay.  He was originally from Galloway, Scotland and was said to have arrived in the colonies sometime before 1740.  He was a merchant who was involved in the town’s establishment and he also was Captain of the Militia Company.  Ramsay died on February 10, 1785.

Alexandria was a vital seaport during Colonial times and it is also the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House Opening Hours

April – September/Sunday – Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – March/Seven Days a Week 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more about The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House. 


More Food & Drinks

Virtue Feed & Grain Tavern in Old Town Alexandria

Virtue is a must visit in Old Town Alexandria.  After leaving the waterfront we stopped at my favorite restaurant in Old Town, Virtue Feed & Grain.  The restaurant is located in an old 1800’s feed house.  The building has been restored by local craftsman and the job they did is amazing.




To make reservations or to learn more about Virtue visit their website VIRTUE FOOD & GRAIN.

Awesome pubs to visit in Old Town:

  1. Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
  2. Daniel O’Connell’s Bar
  3. Union Street Public House

There is much more to this city than what I was able to show on this post, however I hope the information above provides you with an idea of the beauty and history of Old Town Alexandria.

Where is your favorite pub in Old Town?


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