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

Mosby's Rock

 
 
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August 5, 2008
1. Mosby's Rock Marker
Inscription.  Mosby’s Rangers (43d Bn., Va. Cav.) used this rock as a rendezvous point and met here to divide the spoils after raids. The renowned Southern spy and scout Laura Ratcliffe, who lived nearby, showed this rock to Col. (then Captain) John S. Mosby, CSA, in 1863, and suggested he use it as a meeting place.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 56.692′ N, 77° 25.033′ W. Marker was in Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker could be reached from Squirrel Hill Road. Marker can be accessed from Mt Pleasant Baptist Church's overflow parking lot at the terminus of Squirrel Hill Road. Marker is located in the common area of the McNair Farms development behind a row of townhouses located on Big Boulder Road. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Herndon VA 20171, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Mosby’s Rock (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historical Site of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frying Pan Meeting House
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August 5, 2008
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Story of Arrowhead Farm (approx. ¾ mile away); Laura Ratcliffe (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Herndon.
 
Also see . . .  Herndon-area woman saves Mosby. Washington Times article regarding Laura Ratcliffe and Mosby's Rock. (Submitted on August 5, 2008.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Finally found it!
I went down McNair Farms and I found Mt. Pleasant Church and the marker. Where exactly the stone was, that was a different story. A big problem was that the street sign for the corner of McNair and Squirrel Hill was BACKWARDS which led me to believe that McNair was Squirrel Hill. An easy description is that when you find Mt. Pleasant there is an entrance to the parking lot and left of the entrance is a small road roped off. That is Squirrel Hill, go down it to reach the gravel parking lot for Mt. Pleasant
"Preserved" Mosby's Rock image. Click for full size.
August 5, 2008
3. "Preserved" Mosby's Rock
The historic rock is still there but the natural setting is gone.
and the rock is under a tree across the grass in between the townhouses.
    — Submitted September 15, 2013, by Jay Richardson of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

2. Marker missing
At some time since this summer, the marker has been removed.
    — Submitted November 30, 2020, by Jon Grantham of Herndon, Virginia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2008. This page has been viewed 6,061 times since then and 130 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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