The City of Alexandria announced that the Department of Planning and Zoning has begun the process of nominating the Uptown/Parker-Gray neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places. A community meeting to discuss the National Register Process and findings of historic research will be held on Monday, February 4, 2008 from 7-9p.m. at the Jefferson-Houston School, 1501 Cameron Street.
Bordered on the north by First Street, on the south by Cameron, on the east by Columbus and on the west by Buchannon/Oronoco and parts of West Street, the area ultimately known as Parker-Gray was sparsely settled and and primarily rural throughout the Colonial, Federal and Antebellum periods. Few structures survive from those eras but one of the most interesting would have been Alexandria’s gun powder house, built in the 1790’s at what is today the corner of N. Fayette and Queen Streets. Deemed a potential fire hazard it was deliberately located at a safe distance from the many wooden structures built along the Potomac River.
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