I was out this past week covering some of the many events down by the waterfront when I stopped to snap this 1789 house on Captain’s Row in the Alexandria, Virginia Historic District. You can see our previous homes chosen as the ‘House of the Day’ at this link.

The home has at least one star anchor, the end pieces of wrought-iron bars that support the walls of masonry structures, holding the walls together to the home interior.

Here’s what else I love about the house…



Image via National Park Service (PDF)

UPDATE (8:35 AM 3/20): Updated with 3rd question.

This Throwback Thursday, we’re back on Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with a look at an old photo of Captain’s Row in Alexandria, Virginia that I found while searching for something completely different for our weekly step back into history.

Along Prince Street, between Lee and Union Streets is the block known as Captain’s Row, where many sea captains built Federal style houses. Complete with cobblestones (one of two cobblestone streets) and charming architectural details, this is probably one of the most picturesque colonial village blocks anywhere.

What’s interesting in this photo of Captain’s Row, taken in 1963, is that it appears the cobblestones are sort of paved over. I asked this same question of Alexandria Library historians and a historian at the Office of Historic Alexandria. I will also throw out a second question to readers.

Does it look like the cobblestones are paved over here somewhat and if so, what year then would the cobblestones have been restored in Old Town Alexandria? The Library and OHA were stumped (so far…). Feel free to click on the image above for a closer look. See what the cobblestones look like today below.

UPDATE: What a Facebook follower noted, which I failed to catch, was the above picture from 1963 shows it as a two-way street. So this prompts a third question to longtime residents, when did it become one-way?

Discuss below…

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