Archive for 'History'

Local author Craig Shirley tackles Pearl Harbor and the world-changing month of December 1941

Local author Craig Shirley tackles Pearl Harbor and the world-changing month of December 1941

The nation profoundly changed on December 7, 1941, says local author Craig Shirley, but the enormity of the shift in culture, politics and economics is often lost, one more bullet point in a history textbook. Shirley [...]

Out of the Attic: Hill House, aka Shadow House

Out of the Attic: Hill House, aka Shadow House

The three-story home at 617 South Washington St. was built around 1854 for Reuben Roberts, who died a short time later. An ad announcing the sale of the home at auction in 1856 described it as [...]

Out of the Attic: Alexandria: once the best place for thieves to make a buck (or several)

This pawn shop was one of several along King Street during the mid-20th century, but the pawn business got its start centuries earlier when people in need of money received loans in exchange for a pledge or [...]

Out of the Attic: Home, home on the Union’s fortress

Out of the Attic: Home, home on the Union’s fortress

During the first days of Alexandria’s Civil War occupation, the Union established a presence on Shuter’s Hill, where the Masonic temple currently stands. This location was not only desirable because of its height but because of [...]

Out of the Attic: Tiny Tots and Busy Bees

Out of the Attic: Tiny Tots and Busy Bees

A home just south of West Windsor Avenue and likely constructed in the 1920s became the site of two private schools in the mid-20th century. The property included several lots and a two-story brick building with [...]

Out of the Attic: Flooding is an old problem in Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Flooding is an old problem in Alexandria

Located along Alexandrias northern boundary, Four Mile Run is a nine-mile-long stream that empties into the Potomac River. [...]

Out of the Attic: Reed theatre: from community venue to X-rated movie house

Out of the Attic: Reed theatre: from community venue to X-rated movie house

In the 1930s, the Alexandria Amusement Corporation operated two movie theaters on King Street: the Richmond and the Ingomar. [...]

Out of the Attic: Torpedo Factory was foray into the defense industry

Out of the Attic: Torpedo Factory was foray into the defense industry

During World War I, Alexandria experienced tremendous growth in defense-related industry. [...]

Out of the Attic: Soldiers Rest: a respite for troops of the Civil War

Out of the Attic: Soldiers Rest: a respite for troops of the Civil War

During the Civil War, thousands of Union soldiers came into Alexandria, some remaining for assignments locally but most passing through on their way to other destinations. [...]

Out of the Attic: Iron mill ornamented the White House, Masonic temple before becoming Safeway

Out of the Attic: Iron mill ornamented the White House, Masonic temple before becoming Safeway

As early as the mid-19th century, a foundry existed at South Royal and Wilkes streets. [...]