Virginia is for (history) lovers.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 27, 2018
Alexandria, VA Bird's-Eye View
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You may love Old Town Alexandria for historic King Street or the Saturday Morning farmers' market, but recently, the quaint Virginia city has welcomed some exciting archaeological news.

On Monday, March 19th, the City of Alexandria announced that the remains of two historic ships have been discovered at the construction site in Old Town that previously housed Robinson Terminal South. Archaeologists under contract with a developer made the discovery and it's looking like the ships date back to the late 1700s or 1800s (though future research is needed). In 2015, another historic ship from the same time period was discovered at what is now Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria.

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"The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible," said Eleanor Breen, acting City Archaeologist in a news release. "There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide." The site of the latest discovery is not open for the public to view.

Thankfully, these boats from a bygone era are in good hands: "The Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code requires developers to have archaeologists on site to monitor all phases of ground disturbance," the official statement reads. "This ensures that any historic features encountered during demolition and construction are dealt with properly so that Alexandria's history is enriched though archaeological study." Meanwhile, Alexandria will determine next steps with the new discoveries, and keep on providing updates for all. Here's to hoping we learn more about these vessels sooner rather than starboard, erm, later.