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The Berg is a sail-shaped neighborhood situated along Alexandria Virginia’s waterfront, opposite Tide Lock Park.

The Berg is about 15 blocks in size with boundaries that have changed over time. Generally, it’s bordered on the west by North St. Asaph Street, on the north by Madison Street, by Princess Street on the south and the eastern edge runs along North Fairfax Street.

This historic community was settled in 1861, during the American Civil War, by enslaved blacks feeing Petersburg, Virginia. It was one of the first black neighborhoods to develop north of King Street, white Alexandria’s commercial center. Then called Petersburg (later shortened to “The Berg”), the neighborhood encompassed several blocks just west of the waterfront area known as “Fishtown,” a collection of shacks next to wharves on the Potomac.

A large number of black refugees created small settlements throughout Alexandria. Prior to the Civil War, Free Blacks gravitated towards the Bottoms and Hayti, both south of the white residential and retail districts. But after 1861, thousands seeking protection, shelter, and jobs settled in new areas of the city. “Contrabands,” (southern slaves liberated by Union troops), worked for the military at the wharf and railroad or built barracks for soldiers and destitute freedmen. By 1864, the black population filled vacant lots with makeshift homes in the old town, as well as on its outskirts. The Berg was joined by Contraband Valley, Pump Town, Newtown, Grantville and more than a dozen other settlements.

The structures from this historic period are now gone. The most prominent modern-day buildings were the James Bland Homes and Samuel Madden Homes, part of a two-story, 250-unit public housing complex covering several blocks.

From The African American Historic Sites Database:

“The Berg continued to be an African-American neighborhood throughout the 20th century.

In 2000, the City of Alexandria greenlit a redevelopment project known as Chatham Square, developed by EYA. The project completed in 2005. The Planning and Zoning department’s goal was to “redevelop and disperse the public housing, currently spanning four predominately African-American and low-income neighborhoods: Samuel Madden, Andrew Adkins, Ramsey and James Bland. A combination of public, workforce, affordable and market-rate housing would take their place, per the proposal.” ULI Development Case Studies: “Chatham Square is located on a two-block site bounded by Pendleton, North Pitt, Princess, and North Royal streets. The site—which lies only four blocks from the Potomac River—formerly was occupied by Samuel Madden Homes, a deteriorated two-story, 100-unit public housing project built during the 1940s. There was little landscaping; land not covered by buildings was paved and used for surface parking. The project, also known as “the Berg,” was home to the African American high school football players featured in the movie Remember the Titans, which depicted the consolidation of Alexandria’s three racially imbalanced high schools into one in 1971.”

The Chatham Square development displaced 48 of The Berg’s 100 public housing units in 2001, disbursing families to three sites citywide. Some moved out of the city altogether.

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Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan 2008

History of Alexandria’s African American Communities

Echoing The Berg

The Berg And Fishtown Map

African American Hall Of Fame Neighborhoods

The Berg Neighborhood

Early Black Neighborhoods of Alexandria

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708 CHETWORTH PLACE

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Keller Williams Realty
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
50Picture(s)
1,309Sqft
Gorgeous three-level masonry front townhome with attractive landscaped front yard leads to a small open front patio. Foyer entry with coat closet transitions into an open living room accented with a beautiful brick fireplace and features parquet style hardwood flooring throughout, including intricate inlay border.
$639,000

1146 COLONIAL AVENUE

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

BARCROFT REALTY
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
36Picture(s)
1,536Sqft
Tens of thousands in renovations in past two years including fully finished basement with stylish bathroom and ceramic tile throughout. Separate split duct system on the lower level, and central air and heat on upper levels. All new appliances in 2019 including bedroom level Washer/Dryer.
$760,000

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Rector-Best Property Management LTD
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
19Picture(s)
594Sqft
Very nice one bedroom unit near Old Town, Bike Trail and the GW Parkway. Freshly Painted, New refrigerator, new kitchen countertop. Community Laundry in the Basement. App fee $50/pp and security deposit in certified funds due with application. 1st full months rent due at lease signing. Make checks payable to Rector Best Property Mgmt.
$1,350

922 PENDLETON STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

HomeFirst Realty
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
20Picture(s)
1,096Sqft
Rare opportunity to rent this beautiful detached home in the heart of Old Town. Open floor plan on the main level provides a versatile living space with hardwood floors and the the most modern updates in the kitchen. This light and bright home boasts fresh paint, crown molding, recessed lighting and newer appliances throughout.
$2,995

913 BERNARD STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
53Picture(s)
2,160Sqft
Here is your opportunity to purchase a townhome in North Old Town Alexandria that feels more like a single-family home. Old Town Crescent townhomes offer 3 levels with a much larger footprint than your narrow, 4-level townhomes with similar square footage, with less stairs and more livable space.
$995,000

504 BASHFORD LANE Unit 3103

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Coldwell Banker Realty
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
35Picture(s)
582Sqft
This gorgeous 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo at Riverton in North Old Town is the perfect spot to live or invest. One mile to Amazon's HQ, blocks to Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter, West Elm, Shade Store, and more. Walk to the water and all of what Old Town has to offer. Just off the GW Pkwy and bike path, the location is ideal for an investment property.
$275,000

600 BASHFORD LANE Unit 2332

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Keller Williams Capital Properties
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
11Picture(s)
Beautiful 1BR/1BA condo - open floor plan, large bedroom with huge closet/storage, HW floors throughout, tile, SS and granite in kitchen, W/D in unit, parking spot, Only .7 miles to Braddock Rd Metro. Metro bus right out front of condo community. Just off GW Parkway, great for commuting, quiet community steps from the Potomac River. Close to Trader Joe's, all kinds of commerce and culture.
$1,650

630 PAYNE STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Asphalt DrivewayParking(s)
2,375Sqft
Beautiful large 4 level townhome a block from the Metro in Old Town. Plenty of parking for residents and lots of space to enjoy activities. The main level has ease of area for good living. The downstairs recreation room has plenty of space for its pool table. Going upstairs to the living rooms, there are 2 bedrooms with their own bathrooms. The Master Bedroom also has an extra level of loft.
$735,000

1201 POWHATAN STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
35Picture(s)
1,512Sqft
Dream about being able to move into an Old Town North classic brick townhouse that is affordable and on which you could put your own stamp? So many do. Here's your chance: WONDERFUL 3-level townhouse offers 3 bedrooms & 2.
$650,000

922 SECOND STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
31Picture(s)
1,408Sqft
Sought after North Old Town/Westover neighborhood with easy commute to DC, Amazon HQ2 and within blocks of Braddock Metro, restaurants and shops! This charming end-unit townhouse is in pristine condition! Double pane windows, new HVAC, 2 updated full bathrooms, kitchen with granite and backsplash, hardwood floors on main and upper levels, 2 fireplaces, crown molding, chair railing and more! 3 fin
$659,900

1213 PORTNER ROAD

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McEnearney Associates, Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
15Picture(s)
1,093Sqft
Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath town house in North Old Town. Light-filled end unit with large living/dining room and kitchen with granite counters on main level. Master on first upper level with bath. Second bedroom with en suite on the next level. Lots of storage with large closets, in eaves and under stairs.
$2,650

635 FIRST STREET Unit 203

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Weichert, REALTORS
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
32Picture(s)
1,485Sqft
Beautiful 2 bedroom 2.5 bath condo with a balcony overlooking the new Gables Old Town with West Elm, the soon to be Oak Steak House and tons of other shopping and dining. This upscale condo is complete with hardwood floors throughout, upgraded counters, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, and tons of light. 2 Master suites are perfect for roommates or a family that likes extra space.
$3,650
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