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Richard Ratcliffe’s Mount Vineyard Plantation

 
 
Richard Ratcliffe's Mount Vineyard Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2008
1. Richard Ratcliffe's Mount Vineyard Plantation Marker
Inscription. On the knoll 70 yards NE of this marker, stood the home of Richard Ratcliffe (1751-1825). The mansion was on his 600-acre "Mount Vineyard," part of a 1714 land grant of 1,930 acres to George Mason II. In 1798 Ratcliffe donated 4 acres to the east of Mount Vineyard for the Fairfax County Courthouse, built in 1800. Ratcliffe petitioned the Virginia Assembly to establish a town on adjacent property and on January 14, 1805 this town was chartered as "Providence," becoming the City of Fairfax in 1961.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Fairfax - Historic Fairfax City, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 51.02′ N, 77° 19.049′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Street and Main Street (County Road 236), on the right when traveling south on Oak Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the Confederate Battle Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Ratcliffe Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manassas Gap Railroad (approx.
Richard Ratcliffe's Mount Vineyard Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2008
2. Richard Ratcliffe's Mount Vineyard Plantation Marker
0.3 miles away); Old Fairfax High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mosby (approx. half a mile away); Dr. William Gunnell House (approx. half a mile away); Old Baptismal Area (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Site of Mount Vineyard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2008
3. Site of Mount Vineyard
The grounds of the plantation are now part of the Oak Knolls Apartment complex.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,860 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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