Comfort Inn & Suites
5716 S. Van Dorn St.
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 922-9200
Fax: (703) 922-0132
Fort Ward was a crucial part of the wide defensive system built around Washington during the Civil War. The fort stands in the swath of territory that Union troops captured from Virginia shortly after the state joined the Confederacy. Today, visitors can wander the gardens in the 40-acre park surrounding the fort, picnic and enjoy summer concerts in the amphitheater. Fort Ward itself has been almost fully restored. The museum contains much to interest children and Civil War buffs, from musical instruments to medical equipment.
The Huntley Meadows Nature Center in the Hybla Valley of Virginia, is a wetland park. Established since 1975, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Visitors can make use of observation decks to spot wildlife or walk along designated trails. Various creeks run through the vast expanse of the park and one can find beaver dams built across them at many places. The visitor center provides more information about the flora and fauna residing in the park.
Founded in 1862, the Alexandria National Cemetery is one of the many cemeteries that were built in 1862. The Cemetery served as a burial ground for all the Union soldiers who died in the hospitals during the Civil War era. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
Formed in 1988, Alexandria Presbyterian Church was the vision of a group of people who were determined to establish a Presbyterian Church of America in the heart of Alexandria. While still relatively young, this congregation has already established traditions that promote fellowship within the church and the community. Among these are an Easter Sunrise service, Thanksgiving service and softball teams.
Constructed in 1922, the Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is a church of the African-Americans. It is believed that Martin Luther King addressed an audience in the basement of this church, which is why the place is of historic importance. The building is built following the Gothic-Revival style of architecture using red bricks and also has a cemetery and parsonage on site. The oldest grave in the cemetery dates as old as 1882. It would take least amount of time for one to locate the church, as it is situated right in the center of the South 24th Road. If you are visiting Arlington, the Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is definitely worth a trip.
Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery is located in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1987, the city of Alexandria started the preservation process of the cemetery to build a memorial park. The site got added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 15, 2012.
Children and other fans of firefighters and their equipment will enjoy visiting Alexandria's oldest firehouse, built in 1871. The Friendship Fire Company itself pre-dates the building by 100 years and is rumored to have been a pet project of George Washington's. Restored in the 1990s, the Firehouse offers visitors a look at the equipment used since the nation's founding. Also displayed are the clothes firefighters wore throughout this company's history. Special exhibits are often held.
History buffs interested in the dwellings of an ordinary man in the 18th Century will be thrilled to visit the Ball Sellers House. Possibly the oldest standing building in Arlington today, the house was the home of a yeoman farmer John Ball, who lived in this modest dwellings with his wife and five daughters. The house has passed through several owners since including William Carlin, a tailor who counts George Washington and George Mason among his famous clientele. Packed with history and interesting stories, visitors will also get the rare opportunity to view a clapboard roof. The house is open for public tours from April to October on Saturdays between 1:00p and 4:00p. School and group tours can be set up by appointment.
Although George Washington was a member of Truro Church in his hometown of Mount Vernon, he reserved a family pew at Christ Church. This bench has been preserved in its original place in his honor. Confederate General Robert E. Lee, an Alexandria native, worshiped at this parish all his life. Built in 1773, the architectural marvel has been restored to its authentic Georgian style. An unique Palladian window and tablets, hand-lettered by Colonial James Wren, and a towering minaret are special features of the building. It has played an important role in shaping history, the New Year's of 1942 will always be remembered, when Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt attended a peace gathering during World War II.
The St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a historic church located in Alexandria, Virginia. The church was built in 1818, and designed by famed architect Benjamin Latrobe in what is now an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture. The church features three equal arches at its entrance, and parts of the church have undergone minor modifications over the years. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Phillip Richard Fendell built this mansion in 1785. Light Horse Harry Lee, an American Revolutionary War hero, was a frequent visitor, as was his good friend George Washington. It was here that Harry Lee wrote the immortal words for Washington's funeral: First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen. The house is furnished with many original Lee family possessions and period antiques. Guided tours at a provide a glimpse into the history of this prominent family. The surrounding gardens feature magnolias, boxwoods and roses. There is a modest admission price.
While touring around Alexandria, you might want to note down the address and phone number of this office. In their attempt to promote tourism in Alexandria, they also offer visitors services. They'll aid you in your endeavors and give you the right guidance as to where and how you should go. So, whether it is eating, drinking, accommodation or shopping, ask them for assistance.