About West End Alexandria

Alexandria’s West End is ever-evolving and growing.

Today it is marked by major transportation routes, newer architecture, and subdivisions, and shopping areas than historic Old Town Alexandria. But the West End has a long history and was actually its own little community that grew outside the boundary of Alexandria city.

Flour mills, a tavern and homes dotted the landscape from present-day Duke Street to Telegraph Road. The community was called Cameron, and roads such as Little River Turnpike and Duke Street became crucial, connecting port businesses to settlers farther west. This was the main route for all commerce in and out of Alexandria.

In the 1780s the West family, successful business owners lived just outside the boundary of Alexandria. They began selling plots of their plantation to business owners to grow Cameron. Then in 1796, John West subdivided his land into streets and called the subdivision West End. Homes were built, families and more businesses moved in.

For more than 100 years, the West End was home to businesses like; butchers, millers, restaurants and a brewery, who sold to the citizens of Alexandria. A Union hospital was built in the West End during the Civil War. Southern Railway built and operated a railroad car repair facility in what was known as Cameron Yards.

In 1915 Cameron was annexed into Alexandria, but the name West End persevered, as did successful commerce. It is these businesses that are the backbone of the community, that have flourished and grown, that WEBA is proud to represent.

Source: “West End” by Kurt P. Schweigert


“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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