Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slavery and Belvoir
Many slaves were servants in the households of wealthier Virginians such as Belvoir's neighbors George Mason at Gunston Hall and George Washington at Mount Vernon. The servants worked as cooks, butlers, and personal valets and maids.
In one of the few references relating to slaves at Belvoir during the 18th century, William Fairfax, builder of Belvoir, gave slaves to each of his children in his Last Will and Testament.
(Virginia Historical Magazine of History and Biography 4(1) 102). Dated 1756, the instrument included his son, George William Fairfax, who also inherited Belvoir.
... I also give and bequeath unto my said son George Will'm and to his Heirs for ever my Negros named Scipio and Sylvia together with their Issue and Increase, also Pompey...."
Topics. This historical marker African Americans • Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1756.
Location. 38° 40.808′ N, 77° 7.759′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling east. Located along the Belvoir and Potomac View Trail, reached from a parking area off Forney Lane, on Fort Belvoir. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Life at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 300 feet away); The Fairfax Family (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
More about this marker. The marker is on Fort Belvoir, an active U.S. Army installation. Please check the links below for site access information.
Also see . . . Access to Fort Belvoir. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 894 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.