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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Sentry Box

 
 
The Sentry Box Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., May 10, 2008
1. The Sentry Box Marker
Inscription.  The Sentry Box (ca. 1786) is an elegant specimen of late~Georgian~style architecture. Brig. Gen. George Weedon of the Continental Army, later mayor of Fredericksburg, built the house and named it to reflect his military career. Weedon's wife, Catherine, invited the family of Gen. Hugh Mercer, who died at the Battle of Princeton, to live with them. The Mercer children later inherited the property and Confederate General Hugh Weedon Mercer was born here. In December 1862, the Union army built its middle pontoon crossing over the Rappahannock River just below the Sentry Box. Intense fighting occurred here, and the house was heavily damaged.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-31-a.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNotable BuildingsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1862.
 
Location. 38° 17.729′ N, 77° 27.243′ 
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W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Caroline Street near Dixon Street (Business U.S. 17), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rocky Lane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Rocky Lane (about 300 feet away); 1851 (about 300 feet away); Washington's Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away); Fredericksburg City Dock (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (about 400 feet away); 1787 (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
The Sentry Box Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., May 10, 2008
2. The Sentry Box Marker
The Sentry Box image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
3. The Sentry Box
The Sentry Box was built in 1786 by Gen. George Weedon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
4. The Sentry Box was built in 1786 by Gen. George Weedon
In this February 2008 photograph, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources marker had yet be dedicated. The pole is visible, awaiting the sign's installation.
The Sentry Box <i>(View from the Rappahanock River) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
5. The Sentry Box (View from the Rappahanock River)
The Sentry Box National Register Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
6. The Sentry Box National Register Marker
This property has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
By the United States Department of the Interior
Historic Fredericksburg Foundation plaque on the house image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
7. Historic Fredericksburg Foundation plaque on the house
Historic Fredericksburg Foundation
The Sentry Box
1786

Built by Gen. George Weedon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,804 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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