National Geographic : 1964 Dec
Cobblestones reputedly laid by Hessian prisoners of war during the Revolution still pave Prince Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Estab lished in 1749, the colonial township ranked as an im portant port long before the District of Columbia came into being. The Alexandria Gazette, first printed in 1784, claims to be the oldest con tinuously published daily newspaper in the United States. George Washington, George Mason, and, much later, Robert E. Lee strolled Alexandria's streets, wor shiped in its churches, and entertained in its taverns. Today the town sees a parade of visitors who pass through on the way to Mount Vernon, the first President's Potomac-side home, 91/2 miles to the south. Many who work in the Cap ital live in Alexandria, find ing its antique charm, old brick townhouses, and quiet mood more to their liking as a residence than the city across the river.