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July 05, 2017


Rick Gamble

You wrote that Alexandria's birthday falls five days after the 4th of July. How's that? That would be 9 July. What happened on 9 July -- and in what year -- that would constitute the town's birthday? I thought Alexandria's birthday was, traditionally, dated to the day the first lots were auctioned at the "public vendue", which was July 13, 1749. That is the event recorded on (young) George Washington's famous map of the original town lots, "A Plan of Alexandria, Now Belhaven". Is that no longer the case?

Jaybird's Jottings

My bad, thanks Rick.

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