Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax
The remainder of William Fairfax's property and slaves were willed to John Carlyle, his daughter Sarah's husband, and to his children Bryan, William Henry, and Hannah.
In 1759, George William inherited Toulston Manor in Yorkshire, England, birthplace of his father. George William and Sarah spent three years in England from 1760 to 1763 and again returned to England in 1773 to settle inheritance issues. They never returned to Belvoir.
In 1774, they arranged to sell all of their possessions. George Washington purchased many of the fine furnishings from Belvoir, including tables,
After the Fairfax family moved, the house was rented by a Reverend Andrew Morton who lived there until 1783 when it was destroyed by a fire.
"It is a matter of sore regret, when I cast my eyes toward Belvoir, which I often do, to reflect that the former inhabitants of it with whom we lived in such harmonious friendship, no longer reside there, and that the ruins can only be viewed as the mementos of former pleasures."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1746.
Location. 38° 40.837′ 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. Fairfax Family Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Fairfax Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery and Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life at BelvoirThe Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 400 feet away); The Fairfax Family (about 500 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.
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 1,854 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 2. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.