We visited and took these photos yesterday.
What’s really cool about this place is its location has historical connections that go back before the founding of Alexandria in 1749. It lies perhaps steps from the site of the village of Cameron (named after Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax) that proceeded Alexandria and almost became the site selected for a tobacco inspection station.
Diane Riker touches on Cameron in her research article.
The hard-driving merchants who were said by some historians to live there – John Carlyle, John Pagan and William Ramsay - occupied properties more than a mile to the southwest in the village of Cameron, near present day Telegraph Road, at the “head of the creek” on Great Hunting Creek.
Why would merchants settled in such a fine location support a new town upriver from their own settlement? The commerce now flowing from the backlands to Hugh West’s inspection station would have attracted them and the fine anchorage there, the last one on the Potomac suitable for deep draft vessels before reaching Georgetown, certainly would have. Hunting Creek itself, more fluvial than tidal, did not offer such an anchorage.
Silting doomed towns and seaports in the Chesapeake region that placed their seaports where creeks like Great Hunting stuck a finger into the tidewater land. (A great book on the ones in Maryland is “Lost Towns of Tidewater Maryland” by Donald Shomette).
This gives us a great "What if?"
What if the Virginia House of Burgess had chosen Cameron instead of Alexandria, and what if silting eventually prevented the ships from reaching its docks about two miles inland? (A great book on the ones in Maryland is Donald Shomette's "Lost Towns of Tidewater Maryland.")
Alexandria, close to Washington, would have grown, but what would have the city looked like?
Anyway, welcome to Alexandria and enjoy the views!