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Photo of the Day: Ship Launching in Alexandria, Virginia

This photo, via <a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/npc2007000990/" target="_blank">the Library of Congress</a>, shows the launching of the Clemence C. Moore in Alexandria, Virginia. If you haven't heard of Clemence C. Moore, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Clarke_Moore" target="_blank">visit this link</a>. Did you know that Alexandria, Virginia was a major shipbuilding area at one point? This photo occurred at the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard which was located near the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/historyculture/jonespointlighthouse.htm" target="_blank">Jones Point Lighthouse</a> in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/jonespoint.htm" target="_blank">Jones Point Park</a>. The Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation constructed World War I merchant ships. The metal-hulled vessels were constructed on concrete shipways and launched into the river. The shipways remain near the shore. If you ever get the chance, <a href="http://alexandriava.gov/HeritageTrail#Shipyard Trail" target="_blank">you can walk the Shipyard trail</a> located along the Alexandria waterfront on the Potomac River.

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Photo of the Day: Old Orange & Alexandria Railroad Roundhouse in Carlyle

This photo, via <a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005696856/" target="_blank">the Library of Congress</a>, shows the roundhouse and depot of the old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_and_Alexandria_Railroad" target="_blank">Orange & Alexandria Railroad</a> during the Civil War. The depot and roundhouse would have been located here in the Carlyle/Eisenhower East area.

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