Collingwood Library and Museum

The Collingwood Foundation‘s main building and grounds, which were once part of George Washington’s River Farm, are south of Alexandria on the banks of the Potomac River, surrounded by woods and gardens. The mission of the foundation is to foster an appreciation of our American Heritage by sharing these facilities with all. There are three components to achieving this mission.

Firstly, the Collingwood Library on Americanism boasts a library of more than five thousand volumes on American heritage. Secondly, the Collingwood Museum is home to an eclectic collection of Americana. Lastly, the foundation opens the grounds to serve as a venue for weddings, corporate gatherings and other private events. are available for weddings, receptions and other private functions.

Collingwood, as the whole is generally referred to, is primarily dependent upon contributions from the public and income from third party events. Collingwood is comprised of a historic mansion between the Potomac and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Today the property is approximately 8.7 acres but the property was once a part of George Washington’s estate of his River Farm at Mount Vernon. Collingwood was purchased by George Washington in 1760. River Farm was the largest of the five working farms all of which were a part of his Mount Vernon estate. Collingwood’s namesake was a member of the British forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill and in 1805 an Admiral commanding a portion of the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar.

The original house constructed in 1792 was a modest one, but in time there were at least three major additions to the house. From a small two-room house to its current condition as a colonial mansion the property has had many occupants and usages over time. Over the course of the last two and half centuries, Collingwood has been home to farmers, a ferry operator, airline crew members, and Intelligence School students. For a part of the 20th Century, Collingwood served up meals as an area restaurant.

But time took a toll on Colingwood and by 1977 it was no more than overgrown, neglected land and a much vandalized building that only hinted at the history found here. At that time a group of dedicated National Sojourners obtained the property. took possession of the property. Presently, the Foundation for Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism, with offices for Headquarters National Sojourners, maintains and occupies the property.

Collingwood Library and Museum consists of a historic mansion that houses thousands of books and artifacts relating to the history of America. As part of George Washington’s River Farm, our rich history had many of our founding fathers walking this land in our nation’s infancy. Nestled on approximately 8.7 acres on the Potomac River off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, VA, Collingwood is available for conferences, retreats, business meetings and weddings.

 

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Stratford on the Potomac Real Estate listed

Stratford on the Potomac is served amongst mascotted pool association
Stratford on the Potomac is served amongst mascotted pool association

Properties in Stratford on the Potomac


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Purchase now detached single family Real Estate in Groveton

Properties in Groveton

2810 E Side Dr

Locations, Locations, Location located within walking distance to Banks , Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Grocery Stores & etc... 4 Bedroom 3 full bath 2 den in the Basement, New Fence, ALL Brick Cape Cod, Must see, [Memorial Heights - $549,900]

7117 Mason Grove Ct #6

Come home to your Luxury 3 level end unit garage town home and great quality of life. Tired of trying to keep up with exterior maintenance? No need here. Condo ownership means your don~t need to take care of the exterior maintenance. You have better use of your time. This is the perfect home for for the business oriented owner that cares more about your quality of lifestyle and valuing your free time. From your first impression is the updated wide plank dark hardwood floors then the gourmet kitchen with 42~ cabinets, granite counters, 9~ ceilings and the warmth of a gas fireplace. Check out the room dimensions of the master suite that takes up the entire upper level and 2 additional large bedrooms on the top floor. Motivated owner priced this to move quick and looks forward to working with your offer. [Groveton Woods - $395,000]

3563 Huntley Manor Ln #90b

Brick and Siding end unit TH-style condo with one-car garage. Open floor plan Spacious living and Dining rooms. Kitchen w/breakfast bar, granite counter, Black appliances. washer/dryer in the kitchen area. Large MBR w/walk-in closet and attached full bath w/separate shower and separate soaking tub. 2 additional bedrooms and guest bath on the upper level. . [Groveton Woods - $395,000]

6435 Richmond Hwy #204

Great opportunity to buy a newly renovated condo minutes from the metro and 495. This just painted 1 BR and 1 BA unit has outdoor space. Updates include new stainless appliances, kitchen countertops and cabinets, new bath tile, new laminate floors. Close to the Pentagon, Old Town, National Harbor, shops and restaurants! Water is included in the monthly condo fee. [Huntington Walk - $167,900]

3003 Franklin St

Stunning Craftsman new build with custom architectural details. 5 bed, 4.5 baths, 3 levels. Open plan kitchen with huge island, 2 car garage, huge driveway, beautiful front porch, and flat backyard. Home warranty included. 8min Old Town. [Fairview - $1,150,000]

2821 E Lee Ave

Charming solid brick rambler 2bd/1ba w/ fenced front & back yard. Perfect starter home ! Beautiful level lot , hardwood floors Sep.laundry rm. New water heater, new 1/2 of roof. Spacious, flat & well landscaped lot with 2 sheds. Surrounded by parks. Great value! Super convenient location: close to Ft Belvoir, Pentagon, I-495, I-395 & shopping cntr. [Memorial Heights - $359,900]

6730 Williams Dr

TOP TO BOTTOM, 4 BR/3 full bath renovation! Open floorplan . 42" White Shaker Cabinets. Stainless Steel Appliances. Farm Sink. Granite. Gleaming hardwood floors on upper & lower levels. Updated windows. Over 1/3 acre, level lot, with fully fences backyard. Popular school district. COMMUTERS DREAM. Less than 3 miles to Huntington Metro. A quick trip to Old Town Alexandria, Ft. Belvoir and the Pentagon. [Bucknell Manor - $639,000]

2908 Lee Ave E

To Be Built 4BR 4.5 BA home. Over 3,500 sq.ft. Open floor plan, two story foyer, 2 car garage * hardwood Floors * 3 levels * Huge Play Room, Full Bath & Storage on 3rd level * Spacious Kitchen w/ quartz counters, Stainless Steel Appliances * Upgraded Throughout * Recessed Lights. Luxury MBR Suite, Fireplace * Close to shopping, schools & super convenient location, minutes to 495 Built on 2 lots [Memorial Heights - $729,900]

 

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Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will and Julie at Art Festival
At the 2009 Alexandria Art Festival

This weekend Julie and I went to Old Town with the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group to enjoy the Alexandria Art Festival. The Art Festival occurs every year around this time and features artists and craftsmen from around the area.

2009 Art Festival
2009 Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria

King Street closes to vehicular traffic and artists set-up stalls in the street. It’s an easy way to enjoy lots of art from lots of folks. The weather was very co-operative, neither too hot nor too cold.

Old Town Alexandria
2009 Old Town Alexandria

This 12 foot tall image of a koi caught my eye, as did many smaller pieces.

artwork
Arts Festival in Old Town Alexandria

I found that my camera was drawn to the larger pieces, but this is probably because I knew they would photograph well. There were many smaller items for sale too. However, many of us felt that this year’s festival seemed to offer more pieces that would be welcomed in a restaurant or hotel lobby than usual and a few number of the smaller pieces that look nice in a home.

harpist
Harpist

There were several musicians playing up and down the street. This harpist sang like an angel, but I have to admit that my favorite was the steel drum player.

King Street
People walking King Street during Art Festival

We walked all the way up to Washington Street before turning around and making way back to the Potomac. After some discussion the group voted to eat at the Charthouse. At the Charthouse, the ladies had a little wine and we enjoyed some relaxed conversation and then dinner. For my part, I think the food at the Charthouse is good, but not great. Even though it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it because of the pleasant views of the Potomac that are offered.

Charthouse


Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
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GW Rec Center offers a place for all to move

The George Washington RECenter in Alexandria provides residents with plenty of ways to exercise indoors and outdoors. In addition to a fitness area with exercise bikes and two treadmills, the center has lighted tennis courts and a picnic area. Saunas, showers and fully equipped locker rooms are also available for use.

For the aquatically inclined, the center features an indoor heated 25-meter pool, complete with a poolside spa, a diving board and a beach/wading area. Swimmers will also enjoy water aerobics classes and private and public swimming lessons. Also, water exercise equipment is available for the public.

The center is located at 8426 Old Mt. Vernon Road in Alexandria. To get to the center, take exit 177A (Route 1) from the Beltway. From Route 1, take Route 235 and then bear right onto Route 623, Old Mt. Vernon Road. The entrance is on the right. For more driving directions, visit the center’s page here.

The center is closed during most federal holidays, excluding Columbus and Veterans days. For more detailed information on hours, click here or call the center at 703-780-8894.

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Serene River Towers in Autumn

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Nine-story high-rise framed by evergreens

Located at 6641 Wakefield Drive in Alexandria VA 22307, blanketed by waterways and parks over 27 acres of woods, River Towers is situated just between Fort Hunt Road and the George Washington Parkway.

The serene neighborhood of River Towers offers a relaxed private environment very close to Old Town Alexandria. Residents here have easy access to the Potomac River, Alexandria and Washington D.C. Many condos here have water views. Some have views of the nearby parks.

What to Find at River Towers:

front view of 31 building
Welcome to River Towers
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Fitness Center
  • Cinema
  • Game Club
  • Library
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center
  • Monuments
  • Museums
  • Pool
  • Clinic
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Wildlife Viewing

What to Do at River Towers:

  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Shopping

    River Towers in Autumn
    River Towers in Autumn
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Volunteering

With Fall here, River Towers’ is a picturesque nature filled neighborhood more than ever and more exciting activities to enjoy within the community.

 

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Summertime fun at Potomac waterfront in Old Town Alexandria

Summertime in Alexandria is loads of fun. Tourists descend on our fair city, but we’re glad to have them as our guests.

on the boardwalk in Alexandria
At the Torpedo Factory and Potomac in Old Town

One of the places that you have to visit when you’re in town is also a favorite spot of residents: the Alexandria waterfront. The docks behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center are always bustling with activity. Every few paces you’ll find a street musician, street magician and other entertainer. There are numerous restaurants here: most of them quite nice.

Admiral Tilp
Admiral Tilp offers river tours in Alexandria VA

If you’re looking for a little fun on the water, you might want to take a cruse on the Admiral Tilp. The Admiral Tilp is docked here at the end of King Street and Union Street. The Admiral Tilp departs on the hour, so if you miss her, she’ll be back. The Admiral Tilp offers a narrated tour under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, past National Harbor and down to Jones Point. The on-board guide provides a historical and contemporary context to what you will witness on board.


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The Many Musicians of Old Town

If you like street music, then you’ll find no better spot to wander than Old Town Alexandria. Through-out the week, especially on weekends, musicians gather in Old Town at street corners and near the waterfront to play music for tips and applause. Most are highly talented professionals, some are learning to play their instrument in front of a crowd. I enjoy them both in different ways.

Here in Old Town Alexandria, you’ll find everything from a lonely saxophone, to steel drums to an entire band. Below I’ve collected a few photos to give you a taste of Old Town’s many musicians.

bluegrass

This foursome was phenomenal singing and playing old time mountain music. It was a great throwback to the Carters because the gal in the front on the guitar was a great singer. The banjo player and bass were on point, and I love the texture that the mandolin (seated behind guitar) provided.

Glass Harp

The glass harp as played by Jamie Turner is an old town treat one simply must hear in person to appreciate.

harpist
Harpist

This miss not only strummed the harp to perfection but also sang beautifully.

waterfront musicans

At the waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory there are often a few soloists serving up music for passers-by.

banjo and guitar

I heard some fine picking and strumming from this pair.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

1119 N Royal St

This 2012-built home has everything! Old Town Alexandria welcomes you with this luxury 5 level townhouse-style condo sitting just a block from the Potomac River and Mount Vernon Trail. Shopping and Dining options are plentiful and close-by, making this the perfect option for foodies and avid shoppers. The premium chef's kitchen, highlighted by a Wolf stove and beautiful quartz counter-tops, will ensure you are well-fed even when dining at home. This home is full of high-end finishes including hardwood floors throughout, wood plantation-style shutters, a full-level master bedroom suite and a private enclosed patio/courtyard, making this home a true retreat. Also included are two deeded parking spaces in a secured underground garage. Come see the best Old Town Alexandria has to offer! [Old Town North - $1,100,000]

432 S Columbus St

Prime corner townhouse with open floor plan and contemporary design. High ceilings, wide plank hardwood floors, Thermador stainless and quartz kitchen, 4 BR 4.5 baths, large family room. Private patio plus 2 car garage. [Wilkes Row - Old Town - $1,745,000]

505 E Braddock Rd #406

Shiny and clean 2BR, 1.5BA unit is ready for you! Fresh paint and new carpet throughout. Half bath with washer/dryer is off of slate floored entry foyer. Sunny living room accesses large balcony overlooking pretty courtyard. Dining area with pass-through to kitchen. Brand new kitchen features Silestone counters, all new stainless appliances, extra cabinets and tile floor. Master bedroom has two sides of windows and great closet space. You even have a distant view of the Masonic Temple from one of the bedrooms! Ideal location directly across the street from the Braddock Metro Station (just two stops to Crystal City; one stop to Reagan National Airport) and an easy walk to both Old Town and Del Ray shops & restaurants. Building amenities include party room, bike storage rooms, fitness room with showers, picnic area and lending library. [Colecroft Station Condominium - $440,000]

801 N Pitt St #809

Open floor plan, new engineered "oak" flooring. The windows and balcony door were replaced in 2015. The condo is nicely positioned with western southern exposure with a balcony. The roof top deck is unparalleled providing views of Alexandria and Washington DC. According to Walk Score, the condo location provides a walking score of 91. One blk to Harris Teeter, 3 blks to Trader Joes, restaurants and the Potomac River and 8 blks to King St shops. A biking score of 81 with trails along the river 2 blks away. A transit score of 68 with metro 8 blks away. Public Tennis Courts, farmer's market, park and dog run are across the street. Utilities are included with the condo fee. [Port Royal Condominium - $273,500]

801 N Pitt St #418

Stunning Studio, professionally designed & renovated in 2012 with an exceptional kitchen and bath and massive closet space. The windows and balcony door were replaced in 2015. The condo is nicely positioned with southern exposure, a balcony and views of the Potomac River.~ The roof top deck is unparalleled providing views of Alexandria and Washington DC. According to Walk Score, the condo location provides a walking score of 91. One blk to Harris Teeter, 3 blks to Trader Joes, restaurants and the Potomac River, 8 blks to King St shops. A biking score of 81 with trails along the river 2 blks away. A transit score of 68 with metro 8 blks away. Public Tennis Courts, farmer's market, park and dog run are across the street. Utilities are included with the condo fee. [Port Royal Condominium - $192,500]

525 N Fayette St #410

Just Listed! Corner 1BR w/ Balcony, Views of Park, Garage Parking & Storage. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances w/ gas cooking, wide-plank floors thru-out, & customized walk-in closet. The Henry is one of Old Town's most sought after luxury communities offering a fitness center, party room, theater, rooftop & courtyard terraces, and front desk/concierge. Located just blocks to King Street nightlife & Braddock Metro with easy access to future Amazon headquarters / National Landing, National Airport, downtown DC and points beyond. Low condo fee includes TV & Internet! [Old Town - $419,900]

508 Prince St

Rare opportunity to either revert this existing 5 unit rental apartment building back to an historic residence or convert to condominium building. Located on iconic Prince Street, it has 3,676 finished square feet plus an additional 846 unfinished basement space that can be finished. All brick, easy street parking, and alley access. [Farney - $1,449,000]


 

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About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
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A walk on the waterfront

Fortune Teller at waterfront
Fortune Teller in Old Town

I took a walk on waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA last night. The temperature was absolutely perfect as was the humidity. There were crowds, but it wasn’t too much. I saw folks rushing to the Nina Dandy and other boats for an evening of cruising. There were several street musicians playing King St. At the pass-thru under the Torpedo Factory, a gentleman was playing the saxophone. And down along the water a street magician was showing his stuff. The balloon men were there creating animals and entertaining the children. A fortune teller was portending the future. A parrot rescue group had a flock of parrots and similar birds which were available for photos.

But then a light misting rain started to fall and the crowds scattered. At first they hid in the Food Court and on the trolley. The musicians were the first to pack, and they packed quickly to ensure their instruments weren’t damaged. The mule drawn carriage pulled off and soon the streets were quiet. We walked around a bit, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then we were gone as well.

Street Magician
Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
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