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Jones Point Park

Jones Point Lighthouse.
This is the lighthouse at Jones Point in Alexandria, Virginia. The lighthouse is the oldest standing river light, built in 1855, lit in May 1856, automated in 1919, and deactivated in 1926, when a steel tower with a fixed green (port hand) light was placed at the tip of Jones Point. This light was extinguished in November 1962, when the then-new Woodrow Wilson Bridge was opened. The light served to guide ships over deep water shoals to busy ports in Alexandria, Washington, and Georgetown. The lighthouse was renovated and the light relit in 1995. The South Cornerstone of the District of Columbia, laid on April 15th, 1791, is embedded within the seawall on the south side of the lighthouse.

Historic Alexandria
Alexandria was a large and busy port in the 1850’s. The Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company was founded in 1848 to bring more cargo to Alexandria. The railroad was completed west to Culpepper in 1852, and to Gordonsville in 1854.

Jones Point Park is south of the Wilson Bridge, and much of it is trees and brush grown over the former shipways of the Virginia Ship Building Corporation. The Virginia Ship Building Corporation, located on filled land at Battery Cove, was quickly established with 4 shipways, and received a contract in 1918 to produce 12 steel ships for the war: “Stick to the job boys; hammer the rivets home! Think of every one as a blow to the Kaiser.” The work force was largely unskilled, management was inefficient, and there were no incentives to complete the contract on time. Only 9 of the ships were built, and the first was not completed until August 1919, nearly one year after the Armistice. The Virginia Ship Building Corporation filed for bankruptcy on April 11th, 1921, and the shipyard, whose remains are still visible, was torn down shortly thereafter. Benign neglect of the federal premises has left Jones Point Park as one of the few large open spaces where dogs can be exercised.

Waiting for the Basset Hound PackWe all get to get her at Jones Point Park on Saturdays and Sundays, around 4:00 p.m.

Tug-of-WarI like to play tug.

Singing.Rosie’s singing.

BurwellPeter Copeland’s Burwell.

Taking a dip!Taking a dip in the Potomac River.

South along the Potomac.Unlike me, the Labs can really swim. Sailing by is Potomac, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s replica Potomac River Dory Boat.

Here we are!This is my friend, Ginger.

Worried.I hope that our park will not be destroyed! The new Wilson Bridge with two 6-lane spans will be built immediately south of the existing single 6-lane span.

Construction is underway.It’s under way. Now they’re driving piles for the piers to support one of the new spans.

– Tootals

Snow-white! Snow-white! O Lady clear!
O Queen beyond the Western Seas!
O Light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!

Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
Clear are thy eyes and bright thy breath!
Snow-white! Snow-white! We sing to thee
In a far land beyond the Sea.

O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sown,
In windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossoms blown!

O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.

From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. © 1955, J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Dolomites, menhirs that form a sun dial, much like Stonehenge.