Landmark in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Josiah Watson, a wealthy merchant and postmaster of Alexandria, established his 272-acre plantation, “Bush Hill”, in 1791. Richard Marshall Scott purchased the plantation in 1791; his family stayed here for 200 years. Scott was an attorney, bank president and planter who married three times, due to the death of his first two wives. In 1833, with Scott’s death, his son Richard and Virginia Gunnell moved here and produced wheat, oats, rye, and corn on the plantation. Richard died at age 27 of tuberculosis. Virginia, a northern sympathizer, and two sons shared the house with Union officers during the Civil War while a Massachusetts regiment camped on the land.
Retired and apart from the world’s busy hum,
This rural and lovely retreat,
By the genius of talent and taste, has become
To the stranger and curious, a treat.
’Tis a model, deserving of copy from all
Who wish’to improve their estates;
’Tis a spot, where the spring & the summer and fall,
Man’s bosom delighted elates.
Should I search far & wide, there
My soul would prefer to ‘BUSH-HILL’
For Natural charms, and for many a grace
Conferr’d by industry and skill.
—Phenix Gazette, November 26, 1825
Erected by KSI in cooperation with the Alexandria Archeological Museum, Office of Historic Alexandria.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 26, 1791.
Location. 38° 48.187′ N, 77° 7.155′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. It is in Landmark. Marker is on Eisenhower Avenue, 0.8 miles east of Metro Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker stands in the Landmark neighborhood of Alexandria. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ponding and Preservation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reconstructing the Past (approx. half a mile away); Excavating Historic Ships (approx. half a mile away); Hensley Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Marx All Veterans ParkCloud's Mill Race (approx. 0.8 miles away); This is Cameron Run! (approx. one mile away); Birthplace of Fitzhugh Lee (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
1. Holly Hill School
My mother and father, Stephen and Betty Balazs operated Holly Hill School and what is not noted and maybe unknown is that this was the first private school in the area to accept a black student, who I am still in contact with. This building has a full circle of history from slaves to the first black student accepted into the first grade. The car infront of the building, was my first car.
— Submitted February 23, 2009, by Stephen C Balazs Jr., PMP of Sterling, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 7,193 times since then and 453 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 20, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.