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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

1732 – 1932

 
 
The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
1. The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Marker
Inscription.
The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
was authorized by Congress May 23, 1928
as an activity of
the United States Commission
for the celebration of the
two hundredth anniversary
of the birth of
George Washington

The highway was designed and constructed
under the direction of
the United States Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Public Roads.
Construction started September 12, 1929
Opened to traffic January 16, 1932

This highway was formally dedicated
to the service of the people
November 15, 1932

 
Erected 1932.
 
Location. 38° 42.638′ N, 77° 5.163′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 400), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located near the entrance to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (a few steps from this marker); Mount Vernon Estate (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Washington-Rochambeau Route to Victory
Marker at Mount Vernon Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
2. Marker at Mount Vernon
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington-Rochambeau Route (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Mount Vernon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Park and Parkway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powel Coach (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. (Submitted on January 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Before this Highway an Electric Railway ran to Mount Vernon
This highway replaced the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway, later the Washington-Virginia Railway, which ceased operations two days after the highway opened to traffic. It had been built in 1892. Parts of the highway/parkway south of Alexandria were built on the railway's right of way. The path of the trolleycar turnaround at Mount Vernon is now the traffic circle at the south end of the highway.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
3. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
The marker is located near the entrance to the Mount Vernon Estate.
    — Submitted April 15, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.

 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
4. George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Washington and Virginia Railway Station, Mt. Vernon, Va. Photo, Click for full size
From the J.J. Prats Postcard Collection, circa 1910s
5. Washington and Virginia Railway Station, Mt. Vernon, Va.
“New $25,000 Station and Waiting Room, Mt. Vernon, Va. In this building there is one of the finest dining rooms in the country, made famous by the Chicken dinners and lunches served. Open all the year. T. F. Ellis, Proprietor.” Published by Louis Kaufmann & Sons, Baltimore, Md. for T. F. Ellis — K. 1028.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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