Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its rich history. Historic Old Town, with its cobblestone streets, colorful row houses, and numerous restaurants are all nestled within colonial-era architecture. Steeped in history, visitors learn about the city’s founding fathers; how it survived the Civil War unscathed, and who its many residence were and how they shaped the city. Known as George Washington’s home away from home, a visit to Christ Church and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, both frequented by Washington, are a must. A stroll along Old Town’s waterfront is an opportunity to board the riverboat Cherry Blossom for a unique view of the city. Or, for an in-depth knowledge of the city’s history visit the Lyceum and the Alexandria Black History Museum. As a top cultural destination, Alexandria's visitors are attracted to the Torpedo Factory Art Center where more than 80 artists display their work; the Athenaeum, home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, and the world-famous Birch mere music hall. A visit to Alexandria would not be complete without venturing to Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s riverside home. Here, visitors learn about the intricacies of George Washington’s life. Photographer John Bilous has captured the essence of Alexandria with all there is to see and do here. Surely, its remarkable past and promising future make it one of Americas most interesting places to visit. Come, say hello to Alexandria!
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John Bilous is a photographer based in NYC, for now. He’s always been fascinated by travel and capturing the world as he sees it. His work has been featured around the world and in publications such as Baltimore Magazine, Washingtonian, and British Vogue. Jon’s favorite themes are of the urban variety, specifically, architectural details. He’s guided by wanting to tell the full story (you should hear the way he talks about it). “Taking the time to capture the small details of any neighborhood/city/town is when you’re no longer a tourist with a camera. As a photographer, that’s when you join the fabric of the community you’re photographing.” Visit noirgallery.com to learn more about Jon’s work.
Harford Hopson is an American fiction author, freelance writer, and copywriter native to Baltimore, Maryland. He has published the crime drama novel Amusement Only, a fictitious tale about an illegal gambling racket in the mid-Atlantic area. Most notably it is stocked in the Politics & Prose bookshop in Washington, D.C. He also has one poem published in End of 83. He has spanned many careers thus far, going from coordinating media relations for the Baltimore Police Department to mentoring young Philadelphian teens to writing blogs in the decor industry. He currently resides in Baltimore, listening to house records on vinyl and rooting for the Liverpool FC, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Baltimore Orioles.