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Arthurdale in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

“Arthurdale”

 
 
“Arthurdale” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
1. “Arthurdale” Marker
Inscription.  Colonel John Fairfax’s old plantation. He was aide to General Washington in the Revolution and at one time was superintendent of Mt. Vernon. The mansion was built in 1818. Federal homestead project here was model for others.
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the West Virginia Archives and History series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 39° 29.756′ N, 79° 48.858′ W. Marker is in Arthurdale, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is on U.S. 92 just south of X Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arthurdale WV 26520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Service Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Administration Building
“Arthurdale” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
2. “Arthurdale” Marker
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(about 400 feet away); The Forge (about 400 feet away); Community At Arthurdale (about 500 feet away); The Great Hall (about 500 feet away); Honor Roll (about 500 feet away); The Community Center (about 600 feet away); History of the Houses (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arthurdale.
 
Also see . . .  John Fairfax. Biography at the Mount Vernon website. Excerpt: “John Fairfax left Washington's employ in December of 1790 and moved to Monongalia County. There Fairfax became a justice of the peace in 1794 and later represented the county in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1809 to 1810, and again from 1814 until 1815. His first wife was a Virginian named Mary Byrne, with whom he had two sons. Fairfax later married Anne Lloyd Franklin from Charles County, Maryland, with whom he had two more children, one of whom was named George Washington Fairfax. Fairfax
Location of the Arthur Mansion image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
3. Location of the Arthur Mansion
View if from the marker. The mansion was torn down and the Arthurdale Inn was built. It is now a nursing home.
returned to Mount Vernon at least once. On November 2nd, 1799, only about a month before George Washington died, he noted in his diary that ‘Mr. Jno. Fairfax (formerly an overseer of mine) came here before dinner and stayed all Night’.” (Submitted on July 6, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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