Waterfront Walk

Waterfront Walk (HM1JKF)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.245', W 77° 2.371'

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The Alexandria waterfront reflects the perpetual relationship between people and the Potomac River. The Old Town shore documents a history rich in individual and collective maritime, commercial, and cultural concerns. Waterfront Walk designates historically significant sites along Alexandria's waterfront. By walking the marked route, these sites provide insights into the waterfront's changing character and its role in the City's history.

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Standing buildings and wharves, archaeological sites, photographs, documents, and memories of elder citizens have brought the different activities and waterscapes into focus. The water in the historic period served as a magnet for the transfer and storage of goods, manufacture, retail business, recreation and residence. The wealthy merchant, the British or Russian sailor, the free Black barber's family, the Jewish immigrant shopkeeper, the carpenter, and the dressmaker's children all engaged in their various activities within three blocks of the water's edge. Before the historic period, in prehistoric times, Native Americans built their villages, traveled the river, and fished along the bluffs and marshes that once characterized the waterfront.

Throughout the centuries the river has remained an integral part of Alexandria's existence. Yet the Potomac's possibilities for subsistence, wealth, enjoyment, and community life have been interpreted in distinctive ways by maritime heritage. Waterfront Walk recreates these earlier times for our appreciation today.
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Date Added Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 9:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322900 N 4297011
Decimal Degrees38.80408333, -77.03951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.245', W 77° 2.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 14.7" N, 77° 2' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 King St, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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