Lost history

August 4, 2006

President George Washington designated a 10-mile square of land as Federal City, and 40 boundary markers were laid. Part of what is now known as the District of Columbia was located in Alexandria (it has since been returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia), and the boundary marker still exists, though it is in sad condition. On the side of a busy street and in a railed enclosure, the stone itself is broken off at the ground and hidden under a layer of leaves, weeds, and the trash that blows in from the street. Fortunately a local historical group is now taking an interest in its preservation, so perhaps that will change.