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Lord Fairfax

 
 
Lord Fairfax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 5, 2008
1. Lord Fairfax Marker
Inscription. At sometime prior to the incorporation of Winchester, Thomas Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron, and at one time a Justice of the County of Frederick, dedicated to the public uses of the square which is bounded by Court House Avenue and the streets known as Main, Water and Market. The northwestern quarter was adopted as the site of the first court house. Thereafter the market house and jail were erected upon the eastern half. At an early date the southwestern portion of the square was appropriated to the use of the established church and its burial ground.

The corporate limits of the borough of Winchester as defined by its first charter granted in 1752, embraced not only the original site laid out by Colonel Wood but also the large addition thereto laid off by Lord Fairfax, as shown by the survey and plat thereof made by John Baylis of record in Deed Book No. 24 of the county clerk's office.

His residence was at "Greenway Court," near White Post. Then in Frederick County, shortly after the surrender of Cornwallis in October 1781, he died and was buried in the church yard a few feet from the spot where this tablet is erected. About 1827, upon the removal of the Episcopal Church to its present site, his remains were carried there and now rest under the chancel of that church.
 
Location.
Plaques in Front of the Court House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Plaques in Front of the Court House
39° 11.065′ N, 78° 9.904′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Loudoun Street and Rouss Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Loudoun Street. Click for map. Located at the front of the Frederick County Courthouse. Both Loudoun and Rouss streets are closed to vehicle traffic around the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel James Wood (here, next to this marker); George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site (a few steps from this marker); Frederick County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Taylor Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); A View of Winchester in 1745 - The Four Public Lots (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob H. Yost Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Rouss City Hall Historical Tour (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
 
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Lord Fairfax's Final Resting Place image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Lord Fairfax's Final Resting Place
Tablet on Top of Lord Fairfax's Tomb image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Tablet on Top of Lord Fairfax's Tomb
Under this spot repost the remains
of
Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Son of Thomas, Fifth Lord Fairfax
and Cathrine Culpeper, his wife.
Born at Leeds Castle, County Kent, England,
October 22, 1693,
died at his proprietary of the
Northern Neck in Virginia
December 9, 1781,
in the eighty-night year of his age.
He was buried in the original
Frederick Parish Church at the corner of
Loudoun (Main) and Boscawen (Water) Streets
whence his remains were removed
to this church in 1828;
where they were re-interred in 1925,
when this tablet was erected by the
vestry of Christ Church.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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