Map includes the names of property owners at that time. Virginia's comprehensive Tobacco Inspection Law of 1730 mandated that all tobacco grown in the colony must be brought to locally designated public warehouses for inspection before sale.
One of the sites designated for a warehouse on the upper Potomac River was at the mouth of Hunting Creek.
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With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors.
The historic center of Alexandria is known as "Old Town".
In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria.
A large portion of adjacent Fairfax County mostly south, but also west of the city is named "Alexandria," but it is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County and separate from the city; the city is sometimes referred to as the City of Alexandria to avoid confusion (see the "Neighborhoods" paragraph below).