The history of Alexandria rowing began with the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC). Founded in 1880, the ODBC is the one of the oldest boat clubs in the United States. The Club was formed by a group of Alexandrians to promote recreational water activities on the Potomac. Rowing was the primary activity, and boats were available to members to row up and down the river. The ODBC resides in a clubhouse built in 1923 at the foot of King Street, on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria.