Near Boyce in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1948 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number T 3.)
Location. 39° 4.978′ N, 78° 5.034′ W. Marker is near Boyce, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Lord Fairfax Parkway (U.S. 340) and John Mosby Highway (U.S. 17 / 50), on the right when traveling south on Lord Fairfax Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boyce VA 22620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saratoga (approx. 1.4 miles away); Town of Boyce (approx. 1.5 miles away); Blandy Experimental Farm (approx. 1.5 miles away); Clark County / Frederick County (approx. 1.7 miles away); White (approx. 1.9 miles away); 1750 A.D. (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Briars (approx. 2.6 miles away); Millwood (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boyce.
Regarding Greenway Court. Greenway Court was a set of buildings around what is today White Post. Only a handful of the original Greenway Court buildings are still standing. The land office is located on private property, but Porter’s Lodge stands just south of White Post on Route 685.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lord Fairfax's estates in Virginia
Also see . . .
1. “This Land is My Land... All 5 Million Acres of It!”. A discussion of the Fairfax Grants.
2. Short Biography of Lord Fairfax. With additional notes regarding the grant and the family tree.
3. George Washington: Surveyor and Mapmaker.
4. Lost Domestic Architecture: Greenway Court.
1. Lord Fairfax vs. Jost Hite
When first examining his grant, Lord Fairfax noticed many occupants claiming grants made by the colony of Virginia directly to land he had inherited. He opted for a system of rents placed on what he considered squatters. Of those affected, Jost Hite was perhaps the most notable. Hite was given a rather generous grant in 1731 from the colony with no requirement for a single enclosure survey. Hite thus could pick the best ground for any settlement. Fairfax felt Hite abused this grant by creating a gerrymandered tract, detracting from Fairfax’s surveys and thus prohibiting expansion of Fairfax’s lands. The case was first heard in 1749, only escalating to the colony’s higher courts in 1771. Years of judgments and appeals followed, and the entire affair was not legally settled until 1802.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers •
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