Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The “Enchanted Castle” at Germanna, circa 1720-1750
and formerly the site of
Fort Germanna, 1714
Archaeological excavation by
Mary Washington College,
Center for Historic Preservation
Erected 1992 by Necostin Chapter, Virginia Society, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Location. 38° 22.919′ N, 77° 46.801′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Gordon Farm Road 0.3 miles west of Spotswood Drive (Virginia Road 760). Click for map. The site is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintained by the University of Mary Washington. Access to the location is limited special events. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Culpeper County / Orange County (approx. ¼ mile away); Germanna Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Germanna Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Germanna (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Germanna Ford (approx. 0.4 miles John Lederer and Party (approx. 3 miles away); Captain John Spotswood (approx. 3.2 miles away); Orange Grove 1728 - 1864 (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
Regarding The "Enchanted Castle" at Germanna, circa 1720-1750. The current thinking based on archeological excavations and historical research is that the "Enchanted Forest" estate was built over the site of Fort Germanna. Historical records describe the mansion being adjacent to buildings similar to the houses of Fort Germanna.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the marker shown.
Also see . . .
1. The Enchanted Castle | The Rise and Fall of Alexander Spotswood's Germanna. Alexander Spotswood's Enchanted Castle was not, in fact, a castle. (Submitted on April 4, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Archaeology at Enchanted Castle | The Rise and Fall of Alexander Spotswood's Germanna. Until very recently the location of Spotswood's Germanna was unknown, despite numerous speculations. (Submitted on April 4, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Inquiry: Germanna’s Treasure Trove of History: A Journey of Discovery. If you heard that there was an Enchanted Castle and a 300-year-old fort called Fort Germanna in some woods across the street from your community college, would you want to go to see them? Well, of course! (Submitted on April 4, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
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