Virtue Feed & Grain is a restaurant on South Union Street bordering Wales Alley and has a nice view of the Potomac. The building was a feed house in the 1800s and is now a tasty restaurant serving a “modern American tavern menu”. Plan ahead on weekends!


I couldn’t find anything online about this gate, so I don’t know if it’s historical or not. But it is right around the corner from a church…


Many of the homes in Old Town have tiny little alleys to access the back yard. I love the variety of doors and gates people use to “hide” them.


402 Wolfe on the left. 406 Wolfe on the right. 404 Wolfe, house not found. 😆


This home on S Saint Asaph St is hidden behind others. They’ve been doing major work for several months. To sell or to live in? Time will tell. The Internet says it was built in 2000 and has almost 3500 sq ft. Plus off street parking probably makes this a pricey home.


This house on Mt VernonAve in Del Ray has an awesome mural painted on the side.


This ornate gate opens to the small alley between Inova Internal Medicine and Nerds To Go on S Washington St.


Somebody has hung wire “paper airplanes” from the wires at the intersection of South Patrick St and Duke St.


This house on South Pitt has a tiny model of itself in the front (see inset).


This house is showing signs of age when you look closely: corners that aren’t square, sagging windows, lopsided shutters, etc.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.