The Old Dominion Boat Club was organized in July 1880 to combine physical fitness and sport with a social atmosphere. The very first members were “Alexandrians of the highest order”, leaders of the business, civic and social corridors. The early members were canoeists, swimmers, sailing and rowing enthusiasts and eventually power-boating was added to the water sports activities.
The Club has had a long relationship in the annals of competitive rowing and is considered “the place where scholastic rowing got its start in Virginia”. The ODBC supports high school rowing to this day.
The Old Dominion Boat Club is the oldest boating club in Virginia. Through the years past, the Club has involved itself in many humanitarian activities such as Christmas and Spring parties for the children with special needs of Alexandria; picnics for the Wounded Warriors; fund raisers for cancer research, Leukemia Lymphoma Poker Run, annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and a host of other local and national charities.
The ODBC has been a continuous supporter to the social, recreational, civic and material progress of the City of Alexandria. The Club is a proud part of Alexandria history and its tradition for the sporting life on the Potomac.