Here’s a fascinating map of the town of Alexandria in 1872. Before the population explosion that started around 1900, mapmakers could be very detailed.
The entire map is here: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4014a.ct001186/?r=0.282,0.062,0.15,0.095,0
But I’ve zoomed in to show you just how detailed it is.
Can you see yet what it shows? I’ll zoom in more.
Yep! It has actual names. I’m not sure if these were businesses or residences. My guess is it was a mixture of both.