Area Museums and Historical Sites

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country, and it has always been in the forefront of the restoration field. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Mount Vernon was the home of our first President George Washington. The grounds are well-preserved as is the home itself.

Alexandria Lyceum is a grand hall built in the late 1800’s to provide a place for lectures, scientific experiments and quiet reading. Since that time, it has been a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building and the nation’s first Bicentennial Center. In 1985, The Lyceum became Alexandria’s History Museum, providing exhibitions, school programs, lectures and concerts, volunteer opportunities and space for rental functions for the community. The Lyceum Museum Shop carries a wide variety of maps, books, note cards and special items related to Alexandria’s history. The present-day Lyceum Company serves the museum as a membership and fund-raising organization.

Walk to Old Towne! Old Towne is filled with historic landmarks, carriage rides and walking history tours.

Just a few miles down George Washington Parkway is the nationally renown collection of museums called the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a wonderful zoo.

Civil War enthusiasts might want to inspect Fort Willard just as President Lincoln did. Fort Willard has long since abandoned its military use and is now a quiet park like Fort Hunt.

If you are interested in architecture and local history visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House or the Woodlawn Plantation. The Collingwood Library and musuem is dedicated to providing information about our national heritage to the American Public. Collingwood is available to anyone who cares to learn of the heroic efforts made by American Patriots, particularly members of the Masonic Fraternity, in founding and developing this, the greatest nation on earth.

Collingwood is a resource as a local library but also interesting place to visit in it’s own right.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Fort Belvoir

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is service-wide restructuring of bases and personnel in the US military.  BRAC mandated at that about 20,000 jobs move to Fort Belvoir. As Belvoir adjusted to this influx, Army officials sought nearby facilities that would satisfy BRAC mandates, but would relieve pressure from the crowded gates of Belvoir.

As a result, last month, US Army officials announced the movement of 6,400 jobs to Alexandria. There was some opposition from state and Fairfax County officials, but ultimately the decision was made to pass-over an alternate site in Springfield and head for Mark Center in Alexandria. This move is still ahead of the 2001 deadline required by BRAC.

Mark Center is a yet to be built office complex near Seminary Road at the I-395 interchange. According to some news sources, the Army construction project at the Mark Center could cost up to $1 billion. Ground-breaking on this new project will begin in January.

This is of course good news for home sellers and owners in Alexandria and Fairfax County as an influx of service members will help steady housing prices. Fairfax County and Prince William County and Commonwealth officials argued that the site at Mark Center is not well served by the Virginia Railway Express and as a result the new site will contribute to congestion on local roads.

No doubt 6400 additional commuters will place additional burdens on local roadways. But many of these service members and support staff will opt to live in Fairfax County and Alexandria rather than in outlying areas such as Prince William and Stafford Counties.

A Few Things to Like about Riverside

I have recently been out to one of the properties that we manage in the Riverside subdivision and I was pleasantly surprised with not only the neighborhood, but the dwelling as well.  The subdivision is close to Fort Belvoir, Old Town Alexandria and Washington DC.

The drive out to this house was very beautiful.  I was surrounded by trees for a while, then had a view of mountains in the distance.  When I did get to the neighborhood I realized another big perk.  It is simply the fact that the neighborhood is well manicured and quiet.  The traffic pattern wasn’t crazy and loud and didn’t make me want to put my hands over the back of my head and dive onto the front lawn.  Trust me, I’ve felt this way in other neighborhoods before.

The pleasant vibe that I got from being there only added to the experience of the visit, because the house was not only well kept, but also very, very spacious.  The four bedrooms and 2.5 baths made this and the others just like it in this neighborhood very desirable indeed.

Are you ready for your new chateau in the Alexandria area?  Refer to the information below to get you started.

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