National historic preservation group names Alexandria a distinctive destination


Everyone knows Old Town is old, but on Tuesday the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the entire City of Alexandria is now one of 12 distinctive destinations.

Robert Nieweg, southern field office director for the Trust, made the announcement at City Hall flanked by actors portraying the First Virginia Regiment. Mayor Bill Euille and Stephanie Brown, president and CEO of Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, accepted the award.

The spirit of Alexandrias early days lives on not only in our people but also in the very places where they conduct their business, Euille said. Preservation is pivotal to Alexandrias identity.

The distinction spotlights cities that combine historic appeal and modern culture, with dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural diversity and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization.

The commitment of Alexandrians to protecting and celebrating our history has made our city one of the greatest and most distinctive places in America, Brown said.

The ACVA has a link on their website where Alexandrians can vote to make the city the top distinctive destination out of the 12 from across the country.