Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Birth of a River
As glaciers receded, melt waters formed the Chesapeake Bay, flooding the Susquehanna River and widening the Potomac River. Today, the Potomac is approximately 383 miles from its headwaters to the Bay and travels through four states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.
Five geological formations are exposed in Virginia: the Appalachian Plateau, the Ridge and Valley Region, the Blue Ridge, and the Piedmont Valley, and the Coastal Plain. The Potomac River passes through all of these formations as it journeys from the headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay.
Location. 38° 40.708′ N, 77° 7.767′ 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
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Army Comes to Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferdinando, and the End of the Fairfax Ownership (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fairfax Family (about 300 feet away); Belvoir (about 300 feet away); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 400 feet away); The Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); Life at Belvoir (about 400 feet away). 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 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Prehistoric Antecedents. Page relating the pre-historic setting of Fort Belvoir and Northern Virginia. (Submitted on August 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.