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

Little Hunting Creek

 
 
Little Hunting Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger Dean Meyer, December 24, 2006
1. Little Hunting Creek Marker
Inscription.  The Washington family land south of here, named Mount Vernon in the 1740s, was part of a grant made in 1677 by the Northern Neck proprietors to Col. Nicholas Spencer and Lt. Col. John Washington. George Washington’s great-grandfather. John Washington’s son Lawrence Washington took possession of the eastern half of the grant on Little Hunting Creek. George Washington inherited it in 1761. Across Little Hunting Creek, the Brent family also was granted land in the 17th century. Margaret Brent, secretary to Lord Baltimore, is regarded as the first woman in the British colonies to demand the right to vote.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-69.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
 
Location. 38° 42.646′ N, 77° 4.338′ W. Marker is near
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Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of George Washington Memorial Parkway (at milepost 1) and Stratford Lane, on the right when traveling east on George Washington Memorial Parkway. Marker is located in parking lot of Riverside Park which is across from Stratford Lane intersection with the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington, Farmer (within shouting distance of this marker); The Thirteen Adjacent Elms (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Park and Parkway (approx. ¾ mile away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. ¾ mile away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. In the 1930s a marker with this same title and number stood 3½ miles away on U.S. Route 1 where it crosses over Little Hunting Creek, a few hundred feet north of the northernmost intersection with Mount Vernon Highway (State Route 235). The text of the original marker read Margaret Brent, secretary to Lord Baltimore, the first woman in American to demand a vote, patented land here in 1663. Augustine Washington lived here from 1734 to 1739, and here George Washington passed most of his infancy.
Little Hunting Creek Marker in the parking area of Riverside Park near the Mount Vernon Biker Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 14, 2011
2. Little Hunting Creek Marker in the parking area of Riverside Park near the Mount Vernon Biker Trail

 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Birthplace: Johhn Washington history. (Submitted on December 26, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
2. Margaret Brent: A Woman of Property. (Submitted on December 26, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
3. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. (Submitted on December 26, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
The Potomac River with the bay at the outlet of Little Hunting Creek on the right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 14, 2011
3. The Potomac River with the bay at the outlet of Little Hunting Creek on the right
- and Mount Vernon straight ahead - viewed from near the Little Hunting Creek marker in Riverside Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,003 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 26, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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