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Beachcombers Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia #ThrowbackThursday

With the new Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) under construction on the Old Town waterfront, here’s a look back to the old Beachcombers Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia.

The original building on the site where the ODBC clubhouse is being built was called the Beachcombers Restaurant which later became Potomac Arms. See the fantastic presentation below from Alexandria Archaeology volunteer Diane Riker (see others at this link) on this site.

Well before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was built, many an Alexandrian would gather on the rooftop  of the Beachcomber in the mid-1940s to watch the nightly steamer to Norfolk load up. Legend also has it that since the Beachcomber was built out over the water, the restaurant was actually located in the District of Columbia (water line is still the border to this day) and therefore closed much later than other Alexandria pubs. Since it was in the water and therefore outside the City limits, gambling was also allowed.

What do you know about the building? What are your memories of 0 Prince Street?  Share your stories below…

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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