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

Belvoir

 
 
Belvoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
1. Belvoir Marker
On the marker are photos of artifacts recovered from Belvoir and a depiction of the house. No known diagrams or drawings from the time of Belvoir's construction exist.
Inscription. When William Fairfax came to Virginia, he brought many strong English traditions with him. The manor and grounds of Belvoir were laid out similarly to English estates. The brick, Georgian manor was the most sought after and fashionable architectural style in England and the colonies at that time, and its use here reflected the importance of the Fairfax family.

Belvoir was elegantly furnished with mahogany pieces such as a shaving desk, chests of drawers, a sideboard, and imported carpets. Fine mirrors and candlesticks decorated the house as well as a bust of Shakespeare and fine ceramic and glassware, all of which were imported and illustrated the family's high social status. The layout of Belvoir and its grounds was similar to other later estates in the vicinity, including Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall.

The house was described as having five rooms upstairs and four rooms downstairs, including a dining room and parlor on the Potomac River side. It was flanked by exterior chimneys and two central doorway entrances to serve the river and land approaches to the house. Beyond the inland doorway entrance was a courtyard garden.
 
Location. 38° 40.76′ N, 77° 7.74′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax
Foundation Traces image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
2. Foundation Traces
Trail path crosses in from left to right in the foreground. Traces of the foundation for the main portion of the house are in the open grassy area.
County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling east. 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. Ferdinando, and the End of the Fairfax Ownership (a few steps from this marker); The Fairfax Family (a few steps from this marker); The Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Life at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army Comes to Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lord Fairfax's estates in Virginia
 
Also see . . .
1. Access to Fort Belvoir
Belvoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
3. Belvoir Marker
. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 18th Century: Fairfax County's Golden Age. Page discussing the time and setting when Belvoir was built. (Submitted on August 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Foundation Traces image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
4. Foundation Traces
Beyond the path in the foreground, the raised areas delineated by concrete pavers mark the outlines of the buildings and grounds of Belvoir.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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