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Near Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Conway House

 
 
Conway House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 9, 2009
1. Conway House Marker
Inscription.  Conway House was the home of Moncure Conway who freed himself from the dogmas of his culture and became an abolitionist. He is the only descendent of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers to actively lead escaping slaves to freedom, thereby taking the initial steps to correct what was not accomplished in the Constitutional Convention. Conway House makes a significant contribution to understanding the desire to achieve freedom of one’s own self destiny.

Designated July 16, 2004
 
Erected 2004 by National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1861.
 
Location. 38° 19.295′ N, 77° 28.106′ W. Marker is near Falmouth, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on River Road (County Road 607) 0.3 miles east of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moncure Conway House (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Began Here
Conway House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 9, 2009
2. Conway House and Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Moncure Daniel Conway (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Burns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forlorn Hope (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Sad Duty to Perform (about 500 feet away); Hobby School (about 600 feet away); Magistrate’s Office (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falmouth.
 
Regarding Conway House. There is a National Register of Historic Places Plaque near the front door.

From the Conway House National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: “The Conway House, constructed in 1807 for wealthy merchant and mill owner James Vass in the Rappahannock River port town of Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia is a well-preserved example of Federal-style architecture. As the town's most prominent dwelling, the house presents a symmetrical front and an unusual flounder form at its eastern end. The house retains many of its original features and meets National Register Criterion C for its distinctive architecture. Later the home of author, clergyman, and abolitionist Moncure Daniel
Conway House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2011
3. Conway House
Conway, the dwelling was occupied by soldiers and used as a Union hospital during the Civil War.”
 
Conway House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2011
4. Conway House
Conway House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2011
5. Conway House
Moncure D. Conway image. Click for full size.
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6. Moncure D. Conway
This photo of Moncure D. Conway appeared in The World's Work, Vol. IX, No. 2, December 1904 accompanying a review of his then recently published autobiography.
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 9, 2009
7. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
This property has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States Department of the Interior
Conway House
c. 1807

Plaque donated by Company C.
2nd Regt. U.S. Sharpshooters Re-Enactors
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on October 9, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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Jul. 2, 2022