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Near Falls Church in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bailey’s Crossroads

 
 
Bailey’s Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 7, 2021
1. Bailey’s Crossroads Marker
Inscription.  In 1837 Hachaliah Bailey (1774-1845) from Westchester County, New York, purchased 526 acres in the northeast quadrant formed by the intersection of Leesburg and Columbia Pikes. Here he built his home, known as "Moray," which was destroyed by fire in 1942. Before moving to Fairfax County Bailey operated a traveling "menagerie" of elephants. His son, Lewis Bailey (1795-1870), introduced the canvas circus tent to the world and owned a traveling circus before settling on this land that he farmed after 1840. During the Civil War Union officers and their families boarded at Moray. All that remains of the original estate is Moray Lane, which led directly to the house.
 
Erected 2000 by Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 38° 51.246′ N, 77° 7.781′ W. Marker is near Falls Church, Virginia, in Fairfax County
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. Marker is on Crossroads Center Way, 0.1 miles north of Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7), on the left when traveling north. Marker is in the corner of the Crossroads Center parking lot between the two shopping center buildings. The shopping center is in the north quadrant of Baley's Crossroads, which is no longer a true crossroads but a cloverleaf interchange now that Leesburg Pike (State Route 7) crosses Columbia Pike (State Route 244) on an overpass. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5800 Crossroads Center Way, Falls Church VA 22041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Reviews Troops at Bailey's Cross Roads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bailey’s Crossroads Civil War Engagements (approx. ¼ mile away); Moses Ball Grant (approx. half a mile away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 6 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 7 (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Bailey's Crossroads & Seven Corners History. “Bailey eventually merged his circus with that of P.T. Barnum, which went on to become The Greatest Show on Earth.(Submitted on March 18, 2006.) 
 
Bailey’s Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 7, 2021
2. Bailey’s Crossroads Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,548 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on October 19, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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