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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Shuter's Hill

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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Inscription. Shuter's Hill, a high bluff overlooking King Street, is probably named for the a local resident named Shuter who lived nearby in the 1740s. The site has been visited by people for more than 5,000 years. In fact, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of Native Americans living on the site, vestiges of a late 18th century plantation, a mid-19th century estate, and Union troops from Civil War times.

Mills Lee Dulany Plantation 1780s-1850s
John Mills, a merchant, constructed an elegant mansion on the hilltop in 1781. By 1800, the property was sold to the Lee, and then Dulany, family. Benjamin Dulany, a wealthy planter, used the property as a summer home. City archaeologists have excavated the plantation laundry. The mansion burned in 1842 and was replaced by several smaller houses in subsequent years.

Civil War 1861-1865
During the Civil War, Shuter's Hill was a focal point of military activities, when Alexandria served as a center for Union troop supplies, transport, and medical care. Two fortifications were built atop Shuter's Hill--Fort Dahigren and Fort Ellsworth -- part of a series of 160 forts and batteries built to protect the nation's capital, known as the Defenses of Washington.

Twentieth Century
The Wright brothers flew over Shuter's Hill after taking off from
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nearby Fort Myer in 1909.

Construction of the George Washington National Memorial began in 1922, and the official dedication took place a decade later. The building is now open for public tours, and the view from the Memorial's observatory deck is one of the best in the Washington, D.C. area.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Location. 38° 48.407′ N, 77° 3.584′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (Virginia Route 7) and Commonwealth Avenue on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1787 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Visiting Old Town (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexandria (about 700 feet away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Francis Peyton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fighting Back (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Duke Street Tanyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); The George Washington Masonic National Memorial (approx. mile away); The West End (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
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Shuter's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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