Great to see it, but I had fits trying to get a good photo. A steel beam blocks the full view and the shiny text wreaks havoc on any attempt to sharply focus.
Somber is the word, too, for the subject matter. The marker, located at the entrance to Lorien Hotel at 1600 King Street, touches on ownership of this particular piece of land. Colonel Francis Peyton bought the parcel in the late 1700s. Edward Home bought it in 1851. He built a home and a slave jail and then sold both to Henry Bontz, who owned a nearby slaughterhouse.
Thunderbird Archaeology conducted an investigation prior to the hotel’s construction in 2007. They found a series of conduits which were part of a water system.
This marker adds to our knowledge of Alexandria’s first West End. We know about the horrors of the slave trade that took place along Duke Street, but this shows us it took place elsewhere.