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Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Army Comes to Belvoir

 
 
The Army Comes to <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
1. The Army Comes to Belvoir Marker
Inscription. By 1910, the area including Belvoir was sold to the US Government. In 1912, the land was transferred to the War Department, designated for use as an Army training site, and was first used in 1915. By 1918, the area was transformed into Camp A.A. Humphreys. Training exercises at the camp included rifle practice, trench warfare, and floating or "ponton" bridge building.

After World War I, Camp Humphreys retained a small garrison and expanded from its original 1,500 acres to 6,000 in 1919. In 1922, the Camp was renamed Fort Humphreys, a permanent post. In 1935, the post was renamed Fort Belvoir, and expansion efforts began. By the end of World War II in 1945, almost 150,000 engineer troops had been trained at Fort Belvoir. Since that time, Fort Belvoir has provided many vital services to the Nation. Today Fort Belvoir serves the National Capital Region as an Administrative Support Center.

In 1931, Colonel Edward H. Schulz, Commanding Officer, began the first archaeological investigation at Belvoir. In the 1970s Captain George Shott, Jr. undertook a four year archaeological investigation, supported by the US Army Engineer Museum, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools. The project resulted in listing the Belvoir Ruins and Fairfax Family Gravesite in the National Register of Historic Places in
Map of Fort Humphreys image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
2. Map of Fort Humphreys
June 1973. Since that time, there have been other archaeological investigations of the Belvoir site, yes there is still much to be learned about life in the 18th century and the Fairfax family.

The Army has been a steward for this important site by providing for research, preservation and interpretation.
 
Location. 38° 40.728′ N, 77° 7.774′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along the Belvoir and Potomac View Trail, reached from a parking area off Forney Lane, on Fort Belvoir. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birth of a River (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferdinando, and the End of the Fairfax Ownership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood
The Army Comes to <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
3. The Army Comes to Belvoir Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Life at Belvoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on Fort Belvoir, an active U.S. Army installation. Please check the links below for site access information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Access to Fort Belvoir. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Establishment of Camp A. A. Humphreys. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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