Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Out and About in Old Town

It's been so cold around here lately, I haven't really ventured out much. And there's snow on the ground again today. Not picturesque snow - just patchy, gray stuff. So I thought I'd post a few shots taken back in the fall, when "going outside" sounded a little more inviting.


These photos were taken back in October, on a day when M and I drove into Old Town Alexandria for lunch and a little sightseeing. As I recall, it was pretty darn cold that day, too - but at least the sun was shining. This is Christ Church, the first Episcopal Church in Alexandria. The building was designed by James Wren in the colonial Georgian style, and completed by John Carlyle in 1773. George Washington and Robert E. Lee were regular worshippers here. The churchyard is filled with the graves of parishioners and some of the tombstones are barely readable, but still interesting to see.


George Washington isn't buried here (his grave is at Mount Vernon), but there is a plaque dedicated to his honorary pall bearers.


The church was in use on the Saturday we were there, so we didn't go inside; but here are a few more shots of the outside and grounds.



(Click on photos to enlarge.)



Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.
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3 comments:

  1. I love these historical sites. Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see photos with leaves on the trees too. A reminder that this snow and cold will leave eventually.

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  2. That was really interesting. My brother lived in Alexandria and we got the tours when we visited him. Beautiful place.

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  3. I visited Christ Church several years ago and was fortunate enough to be able to go inside. Thanks for the memories brought about by your wonderful photos.

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