What's this all about?

I really enjoy doing research. I co-founded an archival committee at my church in 2017, and I'm now conducting research for a forthcoming book about the Rev. William H. Wilmer (more on that later) as a spin-off of that work.

I believe that education never ends so when I find when I'm researching a topic, I always learn something. The work is varied enough that I don't get bored and when I go down a rabbit hole, occasionally I get lucky and find something really good. So I started this blog as a repository for some of the interesting people, places, and events that I come across in my research.

Port City is the name given to the city of Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria was founded in 1749, and it sat atop a high bluff some 20 feet above the river, on the shore of a crescent-shaped bay. In the early years of the city, ships were unable to navigate the shallow waters that developed along the shore. Cliffs were cut and “banked out,” and filled in with excess soil from new roads, discarded ships, ballasts, road run-off, household trash, and other wastes. By 1798 the shore extended two blocks into the river to create Port City.

You can read a more detailed description of Alexandria's founding and growth at the Historic Alexandria web site. I highly recommend it.

Typewriter photo courtesy of William Marasco