The History of Alexandria, Virginia: An Introduction and Resources
History of the City's Museums and Historic Sites
These museums and historic sites are property of the City of Alexandria.
History of Alexandria Archaeology Museum
History of the Alexandria Black History Museum
History of Alexandria Union Station
History of Fort Ward
History of Freedom House Museum
History of Friendship Firehouse Museum
History of Gadsby's Tavern Museum
History of Lloyd House
History of The Lyceum
History of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House
History of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
First Person Accounts
Oral Histories: The Alexandria Legacies Program
Read transcriptions of more than 80 interviews conducted with long-time City residents. Oral Histories are indexed by name, neighborhood and subject. Subjects include The African American Community, Education, Immigration, Living Legends of Alexandria, Historic Preservation, Civic Leaders, etc.
Antebellum Reminiscences of Alexandria, Virginia. Extracted from the Memoirs of Mary Louisa Slacum Benham
The reminiscences describe her life in Alexandria in the first half of the 19th Century. Transcribed and extracted from her memoirs, thought to be written in the 1880s. A variety of topics are discussed, including the Potomac River, rural scenes, Christ Church, dancing school, the Alexandria Theater, Mount Vernon, African Americans, food and furnishings.
Alexandria During the Civil War: First Person Accounts
These accounts include dramatic excerpts from the diaries of relief worker Julia Wilbur and of a secessionist housewife who fled Alexandria as Union troops arrived; a letter from a head nurse at one of the many hospitals; the writings of an English journalist and an American war correspondent; and selections from The Local News, Alexandria’s wartime newspaper. Additional accounts are provided from patients and staff at Alexandria's Union Hospitals.
Alexandria's Occupation in the War of 1812
Read quotes about Alexandria's occupation by British troops, and reminiscences published in a local newspaper in 1861.
Travelers Accounts of the Historic Alexandria Waterfront
Travelers Accounts, written between 1624 and 1900, have been compiled by Alexandria Archaeology as part of a study of the Alexandria Waterfront. The writings are organized by decade.
Conducting Your Own Historic Research
Do you have questions about the history of your property, genealogy, or local history? The Alexandria Library's Local History/Special Collections division is the best place to start your research. We provide a list of additional resources available in and around Alexandria for conducting your own historic research.