Half mile to the southwest. The idea for such an institution was conceived by a group of Alexandria and Washington clergymen in 1818. Among those interested was Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. Originally at corner of Washington and King Streets in Alexandria, moved to present location in 1827. Closed in 1861 when occupied as a hospital for Union troops. Reopened in 1865.
Geographic Location: Alexandria
Physical Description of Location: 3646 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302. Located on King Street (Rt. 7), less than 1/5 of a mile southwest of the intersection of King Street (Rt. 7) and I-395. Marker is on the right when traveling southwest on King Street (Rt. 7).
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