Theme day: Doorways

September 1, 2006

Today is a DP theme day: doorways. This one is in Alexandria, Va.

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We, the People

August 30, 2006

The National Archives building on Constitution Avenue is where you can see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Many other vauable records are available there for study by anyone interested in genealogy and history.

The Castle revisited

August 13, 2006

I showed you the tower of the Smithsonian Castle in June. Here’s the facade of the Castle, which was the original museum building and is now the visitor center.

Community activities

August 12, 2006

An elementary school from 1944 to 1979, this is now a county-owned community center and the site of adult education classes; a daycare center; art studios; a branch of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, an informational resource for the public; community meeting rooms; and other community resources and activities.

The building is in a poor state of repair and is scheduled for renovation. It is in a listed (historic) district, and the county has promised that the look of the exterior will not be altered.

Brick house in Old Town

July 22, 2006

There are many beautiful (and very expensive) townhouses in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va., some old and some much newer, some brick and some wood. New houses and additions to the old houses are built to blend in with the original architecture, so you often have to look hard to know what’s an original house and what’s a 20th or 21st century addition.

You can see more Old Town houses at Alexandria Daily Photo.

Golden bridge

July 21, 2006

The sun sets on Francis Scott Key Bridge, more familiarly known simply as Key Bridge and named for the author of the American national anthem. The bridge was built between 1917 and 1923 and takes traffic over the Potomac River between the District of Columbia and Rosslyn, Virginia.

Grist to the Mill

July 17, 2006

Colvin Run Mill in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, dates from the early 19th century. It’s a water-powered grist mill that still operates today. On the grounds of the mill is a general store that originally served the community and where you can now buy freshly ground flour and cornmeal, old-fashioned penny candy, and other goodies. If you visit between noon and 3 PM, you may be lucky enough to see the miller at work.