Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 80.)
Location. 38° 41.254′ N, 77° 12.528′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Gunston Road (Virginia Route 242) and Old Colchester Road (County Route 611), on the left when traveling east on Gunston Road. Click for map. Marker is half a mile east of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1). Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis Chapel / Cranford Memorial Methodist Church Gunston Hall (here, next to this marker); Joseph W. Jordan (approx. 0.7 miles away); Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. (approx. one mile away); The Herris Stone (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lorton.
More about this marker. The 1985 Edition of Margaret T. Peters's A Guidebook to Virginia Historical Markers lists a marker with this same number located on Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) but four miles north, at Fort Belvoir. The guidebook indicates that the marker was missing at that time, but prints the title and text of the original marker, which is a bit different than what is on this marker today: INDIAN MASSACRE. To the east, in Dogue Neck, Piscataway Indians attacked the house of Thomas Barton, killing eight persons, June 16, 1700. George Mason (2nd) described this as the "horriblest murder that ever was in Stafford."
Also see . . . Possible Original Location of This Marker on Route 1. (Submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,285 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.