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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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925 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 1204

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Non Subscribing Office
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
768Sqft
Entered for comp purposes
$729,400

801 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 212

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
7Picture(s)
1,195Sqft
801 North- New North Old Town condominiums under construction at River Gate City Park. Located in the heart of Old Town's blossoming Arts District with unparalleled access to shopping, dining, walking paths and all of the conveniences, steps from your door.
$949,900

925 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 710

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,151Sqft
Gorgeous TWO BEDROOM/TWO BATH with Balcony at Old Town's newest luxury condominium building, VENUE! Built by renowned local developer, Carr Companies, the finishes in this building are extraordinary. Chef's kitchens feature Bosch appliance packages, Quartz countertops and custom cabinetry.
$1,049,900

925 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 301

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Electric Vehicle Charging Station(s)Parking(s)
21Picture(s)
999Sqft
Gorgeous ONE BED + DEN CORNER UNIT with a balcony at Old Town's newest luxury condominium building, VENUE! This residence is located on the southeast corner flooded with natural light. You are also able to enjoy a view of the water from the living area and bedroom. Built by renowned local developer, Carr Companies, the finishes in this building are extraordinary.
$799,900

801 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 213

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
7Picture(s)
734Sqft
801 North- New North Old Town condominiums under construction at River Gate City Park. Located in the heart of Old Town's blossoming Arts District with unparalleled access to shopping, dining, walking paths and all of the conveniences, steps from your door.
$600,625

925 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 1001

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Non Subscribing Office
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
1,761Sqft
$2,045,590

635 SLATERS LANE Unit 302

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
9Picture(s)
1,333Sqft
Towngate North... Alexandria's newest luxury, boutique condominium centrally located in North Old Town, off the Mount Vernon Trail and steps away from all the action while convenient to major thoroughfares and transportation for easy access and travel.
$1,014,900

937 N FAIRFAX STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
22Picture(s)
2,687Sqft
Brand New *END UNIT* Townhome Available for Immediate Move-in!nn*Photos used were from an interior model of the same sized floor plan, but this listed townhome is an END UNIT facing the green space! Photos show dark floors, but the listing has beautiful, light White Oak floors. nnThree full bedrooms, three and half baths, and incredible outdoor space, right in the heart of Old Town North.
$1,849,900

925 FAIRFAX STREET Unit 401

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Non Subscribing Office
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
1,378Sqft
$1,409,900

226 CANAL CENTER PLAZA

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
20Picture(s)
2,309Sqft
BRAND NEW Townhome available for immediate move-in. Three full bedrooms, three and half baths, and a chef's luxury kitchen, with incredible outdoor space, right in the heart of Old Town North.
$1,499,900

223 MONTGOMERY STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

McWilliams/Ballard Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
21Picture(s)
2,687Sqft
BRAND NEW Townhome available for immediate move-in. Three full bedrooms, three and half baths, and a chef's luxury kitchen, with incredible outdoor space, right in the heart of Old Town North.
$1,924,900

1201 N ROYAL ST Unit #106

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314

Non Subscribing Office
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
1Picture(s)
993Sqft
Gorgeous New Condo with Incredible Ceiling Height, Tons of Natural Light with Big Windows and Large Outdoor Space. Separate Powder Room, Washer Dryer in Unit. Ensuite Primary Bath with Dual Sinks, Lighted Mirrors, Recessed Lighting.
$949,000
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