Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax
The remainder of William Fairfax's property and slaves were willed to John Carlyle, his daughter Sarah's husband, and to his children Bryan, William Henry, and Hannah.
In 1759, George William inherited Toulston Manor in Yorkshire, England, birthplace of his father. George William and Sarah spent three years in England from 1760 to 1763 and again returned to England in 1773 to settle inheritance issues. They never returned to Belvoir.
In 1774, they arranged to sell all of their possessions. George Washington purchased many of the fine furnishings from Belvoir, including tables, chairs, rugs, window hangings, and mirrors.
After the Fairfax family moved, the house was rented by a Reverend Andrew Morton who lived there until 1783 when it was destroyed by a fire.
Location. 38° 40.837′ N, 77° 7.759′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax 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. Fairfax Family Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Fairfax Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery and Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life at Belvoir (about 400 feet away); The Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 400 feet away); The Fairfax Family (about 500 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.
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,314 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 2. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.