Creative minds, artists, and makers can find plenty of opportunities to showcase their talents to the people of Alexandria. The Del Ray Artisans Gallery Without Walls exhibition is located at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, situated at 2660 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. When Fredericksburg was established in 1728, it was the northernmost city in Virginia, but it was still situated on a waterfront, where tobacco production was lucrative. By the end of the Civil War, Alexandria's economy had been devastated, yet the city itself had been spared from the destruction seen in many other places in Virginia, such as Richmond and Fredericksburg. This residency is open to all contemporary artists, over 18 years of age, based in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia who work in the field of artistry, including but not limited to visual artists, performing artists, musicians and interdisciplinary artists.
To make shipping easier, Scottish and English merchants who owned property in Cameron, a small village four miles west of the Potomac River, petitioned the Virginia General Assembly in the fall of 1748 to create a town in West's Hunting Creek warehouse. In 1796, a visitor, the Duke of La Rochfoucauld Liancourt, commented that Alexandria is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Virginia; indeed it is one of the best in the United States. The Sidewalk Art Exhibition is held annually in Roanoke, Virginia on downtown streets near the Taubman Museum of Art. The city provides services and resources to help existing businesses expand within the city and encourages new businesses to set up shop in Alexandria. Much of present-day Alexandria was included in a 6,000-acre land grant given by Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia to Robert Howson, an English ship captain on October 21st 1669. The grant was granted by authorization of King Charles II as recognition for Captain Howson bringing 120 people to live in Virginia.
A few days after Virginia's secession from the Union during spring 1861 federal troops arrived in Alexandria to take control of the city. We provide a list of additional resources available in and around Alexandria so you can conduct your own historical research. Formally accepted by Congress in 1801, Alexandria remained under federal government control until it was ceded back to Virginia in 1847. Indigenous peoples, Indians of Virginia and Alexandria For thousands of years before Europeans arrived and founded Alexandria in 1749 Indians lived and traveled seasonally on lands that would become the city of Alexandria. Special thanks to the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Arts Commission, the Virginia Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing support for Del Ray Artisans a 501 (c) () organization.