Potomac, Virginia

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This article is about the extinct town in Arlington County. For the renamed town in Prince William County, see Quantico, Virginia.
Town of Potomac
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Commercial building on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Potomac, Virginia is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Potomac, Virginia
Location Roughly bounded by Commonwealth Ave., US 1, E. Bellefonte Ave. and Ashby St., Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°49′37″N 77°3′24″W / 38.82694°N 77.05667°W / 38.82694; -77.05667Coordinates: 38°49′37″N 77°3′24″W / 38.82694°N 77.05667°W / 38.82694; -77.05667
Area 184 acres (74 ha)
Built 1894
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 92001186[1]
VLR # 100-0136
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 10, 1992
Designated VLR December 11, 1991[2]

Potomac (About this sound listen ), Virginia, is an extinct incorporated town formerly located in Arlington County, Virginia (then called Alexandria County). A planned community, its proximity to Washington D.C. made it a popular place for employees of the U.S. government to live. Potomac was located adjacent to the massive Potomac Yard of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.


The area was developed beginning in 1894 as the communities of Del Ray, St. Elmo, Mt. Ida, and Hume, following a grid plan independent of that of Old Town Alexandria. Potomac was incorporated as a town in 1908. In 1928, the town had 2,355 residents.

The Town of Potomac was annexed by the independent city of Alexandria in 1930. Today, the Town of Potomac Historic District in Alexandria designates this historic portion of the city, and includes 1,840 acres (7.4 km2) and 690 buildings. The Town of Potomac was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

As of 2016, the United States Postal Service still recognizes "Potomac, VA" as an acceptable alternate address for ZIP code 22301, although "Alexandria, VA" is preferred.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 

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