Potomac, Virginia

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Town of Potomac
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Commercial building on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Potomac, Virginia is located in Alexandria
Potomac, Virginia
Potomac, Virginia is located in Northern Virginia
Potomac, Virginia
Potomac, Virginia is located in Virginia
Potomac, Virginia
Potomac, Virginia is located in the United States
Potomac, Virginia
LocationRoughly bounded by Commonwealth Ave., US 1, E. Bellefonte Ave. and Ashby St., Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates38°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
Area184 acres (74 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.92001186[1]
VLR No.100-0136
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1992
Designated VLRDecember 11, 1991[2]

Potomac (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.[citation needed] In 1928, the town had 2,355 residents.[citation needed]

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

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Media related to Town of Potomac (Alexandria, Virginia) at Wikimedia Commons