Seminary Hill

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About Seminary Hill

Seminary Hill is residential neighborhood in Alexandria Virginia’s West End. It is roughly bounded by I-395 to the northwest, King Street to the northeast, N Quaker Lane to the east (bordering Virginia Theological Seminary), Capitol Beltway Outer Loop to the south, and follows Holmes Run Parkway on the west/northwest.

The area began in the 1700’s as agricultural fields and country estates near the mills on Cameron Run. In 1823, the Virginia Theological Seminary was established, giving the neighborhood its name, and the Episcopal High School was founded in 1839.

Seminary Hill was used for Union military defenses during Civil War. In 1898, the first school for African Americans was established in Fort Ward and in 1925, it became the Seminary School (located on the current site of T. C. Williams School c. 1972). In the 1950’s Seminary Hill became a suburb of Washington, DC and in 1951 during a land swap, transferred from Fairfax County to the City of Alexandria. Fort Ward Park was established in 1964, and in the 1970’s the Seminary Hill Civic Association was formed.

Amenities in Seminary Hill include Holmes Run, Cameron Run Regional Park, Strawberry Run, Fort Williams Park, Fort Ward Museum and Park, Winkler Botanical Preserve, Greenstreet Gardens and Duke Street Dog Park and the Mark Center pool. Inova Alexandria Hospital is also located in Seminary Hill.