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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
 
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 2, 2008
1. Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park Marker
 
Inscription. Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park is a 67-acre mostly wooded area situated along the Potomac River on the outskirts of Leesburg. Frances Speek donated a portion of the property to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority in 1978. The park was also supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund - helping states and communities provide for outdoor recreation and open space for all Americans. However the history of the ruins dates back much further. In 1869, a wealthy industrialist turned gentleman farmer named Charles Paxton purchased over 200 acres of property in Loudoun County. Although best known for his Carlheim estate in Leesburg, Paxton was responsible for the construction of the buildings that have become the ruins at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park.

The dimensions of the buildings here are far larger than typical buildings of the antebellum period in Loudoun County. It was Paxton's wealth from his success in the iron working business that allowed him to construct such large buildings.
 
Erected 2008 by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Location. 39° 6.781′ N, 77° 30.602′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Edwards Ferry Road
 
Trailhead seen from the Parking Lot Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 2, 2008
2. Trailhead seen from the Parking Lot
 
(County Route 773) and Red Rock Way, on the right when traveling west on Edwards Ferry Road. Click for map. Located at the parking lot for the Red Rock Wilderness Overview Regional Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43098 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Well House (a few steps from this marker); Carriage House (within shouting distance of this marker); Two-Chambered Granary (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ballís Bluff Masked Battery (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Ballís Bluff Masked Battery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Edwards Ferry (approx. 1.3 miles away); 18th Mississippi Infantry (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker displays a map of the ruins, indicating the location of the barn (now parking lot), well house, granary, carriage house, equipment shed, farmhouse, smoke house, and ice house, illustrated by Karen Milnes.
 
Regarding Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park. The marker serves as a trailhead for a 1.4 mile loop trail through the bluffs on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.
 
Related marker
 
Overlook of the Potomac River Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 11, 2007
3. Overlook of the Potomac River
From the overlook looking across the Potomac at Maryland. The river is rather placid and almost glass like during this visit.
 
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Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers in the Red Rock Overlook Park
 
Also see . . .  Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park. Regional Park Authority site. Includes a trail map. (Submitted on May 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Harrison Island Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
4. Harrison Island
The south end of Harrison Island seen on a winter day from the overlook. Large sections of ice are floating in the river from recent winter storms in this photo.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,384 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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