Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-107.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 38° 40.203′ N, 77° 14.258′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) and Furnace Road (County Route 611), on the right when traveling north on Richmond Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. half a mile away); Early Land Patents (approx. half a mile away); Occoquan (approx. half a mile away); The First Courthouse of Prince William County (approx. half a mile away); Belmont Bay ~ End of the Water (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Beehive Brick Kiln (approx. 1.2 miles away); Women Suffrage Prisoners at Occoquan Workhouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Nation's River (approx. 1.3 miles away).
Regarding Colchester. There is not much of Colchester left. There’s just Fairfax Arms, now a private residence on the narrow lane (Old Colchester Road) leading down to the Occoquan river where the ferry used to cross.
Also see . . . A Brief History of Mason Neck. Excerpt from link concerning Colchester: “Colchester was the first town established within the borders of present-day Fairfax County. Chartered in 1753, the site was chosen by virtue of the topography of the land as the most accessible spot for a ferry crossing of the Occoquan River. The road north of Colchester was part of the great path linking Boston and Charleston, S.C. It was over this part of the road that troops under the command of Generals Washington and Rochambeau marched southward from Pennsylvania ... to Yorktown for the (Submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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