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

Little River Turnpike

 
 
Little River Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
1. Little River Turnpike Marker
Inscription. The earliest private turnpike charter in Virginia was granted by the General Assembly to the Company of the Fairfax and Loudoun Turnpike Road in 1796. By 1806 the 34-mile-long road connected Alexandria with Aldie on the Little River in Loudoun County. The company placed wooden tollhouses along the road at five-mile intervals, and one stood near here until 1954. The Little River Turnpike became a free road in 1896. In Fairfax County, only this portion of the road in Annandale retains its original name.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-41.)
 
Location. 38° 49.848′ N, 77° 11.807′ W. Marker is in Annandale, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Annandale Road and Little River Turnpike (Virginia Route 236), on the left when traveling north on Annandale Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annandale VA 22003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cannon (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Action At Annandale (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mosby Attacks Annandale (approx. 0.8 miles away); Priceís Ordinary
Little River Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
2. Little River Turnpike Marker
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Masonís Hill (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ravensworth (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 2 miles away); Historic Green Spring (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Annandale.
 
More about this marker. Marker canít be seen from Little River Turnpike eastbound, and you would probably miss unless the traffic light turns red westbound.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Short History of Annandale, Virginia. 1985 article by Audrey B. Capone. (Submitted on April 26, 2008.) 

2. Turnpikes of Virginia. “Little River Turnpike (Route 236 from Alexandria to Jermantown near the City of Fairfax, and then US 50 west to the Bull Run Mountains) is often credited with being the second turnpike in America.” (Submitted on April 27, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Tablet on Ground Beside Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
3. Tablet on Ground Beside Marker
“Placed in 1992 by the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee, Inc. with the cooperation of the Fairfax County History Commission.”
Annandale Tollhouse Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
4. Annandale Tollhouse Park
This small shady park with plenty of benches is across the street from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,919 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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