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

Slavery and Belvoir

 
 
Slavery and <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
1. Slavery and Belvoir Marker
Inscription. Little is known about the slaves and slave life at Belvoir. The manor was constructed at a time when wealthy Virginia farmers used slave labor as a diversified agricultural regime. Slaves also worked as skilled tradesmen in the countryside and in cities becoming skilled in trades such as carpentry, masonry, and blacksmithing.

Many slaves were servants in the households of wealthier Virginians such as Belvoir's neighbors George Mason at Gunston Hall and George Washington at Mount Vernon. The servants worked as cooks, butlers, and personal valets and maids.

In one of the few references relating to slaves at Belvoir during the 18th century, William Fairfax, builder of Belvoir, gave slaves to each of his children in his Last Will and Testament.

(Virginia Historical Magazine of History and Biography 4(1) 102). Dated 1756, the instrument included his son, George William Fairfax, who also inherited Belvoir.
... I also give and bequeath unto my said son George Will'm and to his Heirs for ever my Negros named Scipio and Sylvia together with their Issue and Increase, also Pompey...."
 
Location. 38° 40.808′ N, 77° 7.759′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the
Slavery and <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
2. Slavery and Belvoir Marker
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. Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Life at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 300 feet away); The Fairfax Family (about 300 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 . . .  Access to Fort Belvoir. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial Era
 
Remains of Belvoir near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
3. Remains of Belvoir near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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