“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fairfax Line

Fairfax Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 24, 2020
1. Fairfax Line Marker
Inscription.  Here ran the Fairfax Line, surveyed in 1746 to mark the southwestern boundary of the Northern Neck Proprietary, a 5.2-million-acre land grant inherited by Thomas, 6th Lord Fairfax. The grant encompassed all the land between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers. Peter Jefferson and Robert Brooke, representing the Virginia colony, and Benjamin Winslow and Thomas Lewis, representing Lord Fairfax, surveyed this 76-mile line between the headsprings of these rivers during a nearly two-month expedition over several rugged and largely uninhabited mountain ranges. The Fairfax Line marks the boundary between Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties and, for nine miles, between Virginia and West Virginia.
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-36.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1746.
Location. 38° 38.01′ N, 78° 40.973′ 
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W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on North Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles south of Shady Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockingham County / Shenandoah County (a few steps from this marker); Sevier’s Birthplace (a few steps from this marker); Site of New Market Academy and New Market Polytechnic Institute (approx. 1.1 miles away); Replica of a 19th Century Town Pump (approx. 1.1 miles away); Paul Henkel (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Henkel House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Shirley House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jackson in New Market (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. This is a replacement marker with the same name and number as the original.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Fairfax Line"
Fairfax Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 24, 2020
2. Fairfax Line Marker
Looking south.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Nov. 30, 2023