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This photo doesn’t show well, but the brick wall along the side of this house is bulging out. If you look closely, you can also see multiple layers of paint peeling off the bricks.

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The Shipbuilder statue was dedicated in 2004. It sits on the Strand between King and Prince streets. It depicts a 19th Century shipbuilder and commemorates Alexandria’s strong shipbuilding industry in the past.

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Today was the fifth Old Town Festival of Speed & Style. Dozens of great cars and free! Takes place on the blocks immediately around City Hall.

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Certain times of the year we’re reminded that we live in the middle of a tourist spot. The tourists are usually confined to King Street and not back in the neighborhoods (unless they’re on a ghost tour). City Hall and Market Square is the primary drop off and pickup spot.

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This tree-lined section of Wolfe St is very picturesque. Except the house on the left clearly needs a paint job.

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This little house on South Lee St looks so lonely. Like all the other houses are avoiding it.

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This is an Osage Orange tree growing in the corner of the Lyles Crouch Elementary School playground. Even though it looks like it has fallen over, it’s actually growing that way and must have been there for ages. Kids love climbing those low branches.

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Townhomes can get a facelift too. You’ll be happy to know they got the Tyvek in place before the rain started.

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So many great front stairs in the historical district. This is a good one even if it could use a power washing.

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Alexandria’s Washington Monument is a scale model of the actual monument just upriver. Located in the Promenade Classique sculpture garden at Canal Center Plaza.

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Visited George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill today. They’re making whisky the way they did in the 18th Century. We did a tasting of a rye whisky not barrel aged, straight rye which was aged just over two years, and premium rye aged five years.

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The Patton-Fowle house was built in the early 1800s. It’s a private residence, but a historical landmark. It’s over 6500 square feet of fine, southern living in the heart of the city.

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Blue-and-pink and Pink-and-blue on South Fairfax Street.

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This little cottage on Franklin Street looks cozy. Then I realized it’s TWO cottages in one building. Super cozy.

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Not sure who they’re keeping in this dungeon, but it looks like they get cable.

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The plaque on this house on South Pitt St reads “Washington’s Tenement House. Built for investment in 1797 by George Washington. Lot purchased by Washington in 1763. Conveyed by will in 1799 to Martha Washington.”

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The Majestic has been opened since 1932 and moved to this location on King Street in 1949. Art Deco design and “gourmet American comfort food” make this a great place to eat.

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This house/business on the corner of Commerce and South Payne looks like an optical illusion. But it’s built to the very edges of the property line; even this end where it’s an acute angle.

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The Dee Campbell Rowing Center as seen from Oronoco Bay Park. Home to Alexandria City High School Titans crew.

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The Alexandria Bier Garden, formerly called Hofbrau Haus, is right on King Street. They serve German and Austrian food and have a good selection of beer. Their wursts are particularly tasty.