Via OHA, on May 26, 1830, the United States Congress granted a Charter to the Alexandria Canal Company.
The canal was proposed earlier that year by a group of Alexandria businessmen to link the communities of Georgetown and Alexandria, which at the time were both within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. The intent was to enhance capacity of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, discontinuing the unloading of cargo boats heading southward at Georgetown, and allowing them to pass directly to Alexandria instead. Construction on the seven-mile canal was begun in 1833 and continued over the next decade, lowering boats 38 feet across its course over an aqueduct and through a series of four locks. The canal was subsequently abandoned in 1886.