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Washington,s Home Town
By jean Owens
K 'I v, LEXANDRIA is like the old lady who is so apt to bore you with
mi. tales of long-past "belle" days. The error in the simile is that
I? Alexandria, though old, is never boring and still remains beau-
tiful in various buildings. Colonial architecture lives in restora-
friarcf tion, and names that are history were its city fathers. Turn-
ing an ankle on the picturesque cobblestone streets, I muttered
imprecations on the Hessian prisoners of 1785 who laid themg conversely,
those streets were named for the men who had named the first streets-
Prince, Princess, King, Queen, and so forth-to show their loyalty to
England. The most renowned of its roads is the famed "King's High-
way," which has its source in this city and follows an old Indian trail to
Williamsburg. It was originally known as the "Rolling Road," due to the
fact that early settlers rolled their tobacco in hogshead along this highway.
Alexandria at its peak was as Washington and Lee knew it-fa city
whose river front was a picturesque scene of maritime activity and whose
first families were the political as Well as the social leaders of the nation.
Wandering through buildings that sheltered Revolutionary and Civil War
heroes, I catch myself wondering if the old places remember their own
stories. And then from the words of the guide a perpetually moving pic-
ture of history unfolds itself:
When Governor Berkeley in 1660 granted Robert Howsan 6000 acres
of land bordering on the Potomac extending from Hunting Creek on the
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