About West End Alexandria

Alexandria’s West End: A History of Growth and Change

Alexandria’s West End is a vibrant and ever-evolving community, with a diverse range of residents and businesses. It is also a community with a rich history, dating back to the days when it was a small community outside of the city limits.

In the early days, the West End was known as Cameron and was dotted with flour mills, a tavern, and homes. It was connected to the port businesses of Alexandria and settlers further west by roads such as Little River Turnpike and Duke Street.

In the 1780s, the West family, successful business owners, began selling plots of their plantation to business owners, helping to grow the community of Cameron. In 1796, John West subdivided his land into streets and called the subdivision West End. Homes were built, families and more businesses moved in, and the West End began to take shape as its own unique community.

Over the next 100 years, the West End became home to a variety of businesses, including butchers, millers, restaurants, and breweries. It also became a home for industry, with Southern Railway building and operating a railroad car repair facility in Cameron Yards.

In 1915, Cameron was annexed into Alexandria, but the name West End persevered. Today, the businesses of the West End are the backbone of the community, flourishing and growing. WEBA is proud to represent these businesses.


“I love to take advantage of the opportunities to get involved and meet other like-minded business owners. Through the WEBA, I meet tons of impressive business people, making a difference in the West End of Alexandria.”

George Valenzuela

Intelligent Evolution, Inc.

“I love the community of WEBA. Even through this pandemic I still feel connected to fellow business owners. And WEBA is doing our best to keep members informed on city regulations to keep businesses open and successful. ”

Anna Davalos

Alejo Media

“As a community-based organization, we rely on the strong networks and connections we have in the business community.  We not only serve the people living and working in the West End as a nonprofit, we need reliable relationships and business partners.  Being part of WEBA gives us another strong link to our community and helps us stay current.”

Jennifer Ayers

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