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Birchwood

 
 
Birchwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, June 17, 2012
1. Birchwood Marker
Inscription.  Caleb Birch, a farmer and constable, built a log house here around 1800 on land granted to his grandfather, James Robertson, by Lord Fairfax in 1724. The original house burned and was rebuilt about 1836. A second log cabin was added ten years later. The two cabins, although separate, had a common roof, forming what was known as a “dog trot” house. Later President Theodore Roosevelt rode horseback in this area with his friend and White House physician, Rear Admiral Presley M. Rixey, on whose estate Birchwood stood. Rixey’s valet, Richard Wallace, lived at Birchwood, and Roosevelt visited Wallace here. In 1936, Birchwood was reconstructed using the original logs.
 
Erected by Arlington County, Virginia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.36′ N, 77° 7.36′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in
Birchwood image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, June 17, 2012
2. Birchwood
Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of 26th Street N and North Wakefield Street, on the right when traveling north on 26th Street N. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4572 26th Street N, Arlington VA 22207, 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. Wunder's Crossroads (approx. half a mile away); Stratford Junior High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Little Falls Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cherrydale (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Saegmuller House (approx. 0.9 miles away); RADM Paul A. Holmberg (approx. one mile away); George Nicholas Saegmuller (approx. one mile away); The Glebe of Fairfax Parish (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Birchwood image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, June 17, 2012
3. Birchwood
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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