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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bel Air Plantation

 
 
Bel Air Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
June 16, 2005
1. Bel Air Plantation Marker
Inscription. This land was part of a 2960-acre tract granted to Henry Walker in 1677 which he called “Walker Town.” Major Charles Ewell (c. 1713–1747) acquired 800 acres in 1739 and built “Bel Air” in 1740. The house is believed to be built on the foundations of an early frontier fort. Ewell was a vestryman and churchwarden of Dettingen Parish and formed a partnership in 1744 to establish an iron works on the Occoquan. His son Col. Jesse Ewell (1743–1805) was a justice and militia commander for Prince William County. Notable guests at “Bel Air” included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Rev. Mason Locke Weems (1759–1825), George Washington’s first biographer and originator of the cherry tree story, married Frances Ewell in 1795 and is buried here. At the time of Jesse Ewell’s death, 18 slaves were employed on this farm. In 1848 the house was bought by Chapman Lee, a native of Connecticut who farmed “Bel Air” without using slaves.
 
Erected 2005 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 38.357′ N, 77° 21.902′ 
Bel Air Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
September 26, 2007
2. Bel Air Plantation Marker
One of Bel Air Plantation's gate pillars can be seen in the background.
W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on General Washington Drive half a mile north of Minnieville Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14513 General Washington Drive, Woodbridge VA 22193, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Minnieville (approx. 0.7 miles away); “Let There Be Lights” (approx. one mile away); Howison Homestead (approx. one mile away); Carey M. Perkinson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Montclair Veterans Flagpole (approx. 1.4 miles away); “Camp Fisher” Civil War Campsite (approx. 1.6 miles away); Alexander Henderson (approx. 2.4 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
3. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
4. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
5. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
6. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
7. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
Bel Air Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
8. Bel Air Historical Photograph
This picture of Bel Air is from early 1930s. Picture is from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for Bel Air (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.va0875).
 
 
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