On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. First settled in 1695, the city retains its colonial spirit, with cobblestone streets and historic buildings in the Old Town, Gadsby’s Tavern, a restaurant serving food since 1770, and centers of learning like the Black History Museum.
LDS Members make up 2.09% of the population of Alexandria. The state of Virginia has 90,738 members in 19 stakes, 157 wards, 40 branches, and 2 missions.
Jedediah M. Grant, an early missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was highly demanded in Virginia. He received three speaking invitations for every one he could fill in the 1840s. His listeners gave him a horse, clothing, and funds to assist his future preaching assignments. In 1841, there were some 80 members of the Church in Virginia. After Grant and his brother left the state in 1842, another missionary, R.H. Kinnamon, traveled to nine counties and baptized more than 100 people.