Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Freestone Fisheries
George Washington described the high quality of the Potomac river fishery in the following quote: "A river well-stocked with various kinds of fish at all seasons of the year, and in the spring with shad, herrings, bass, carp, perch, sturgeon, etc. in great abundance...the whole...is one entire fishery."
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
Location. 38° 35.385′ N, 77° 14.951′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Daniel K Ludwig Drive. Touch for map. The marker located along the southern shoreline in Leesylvania State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Iron Pulley Wheel (here, next to this marker); Swimming in Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); “Pleasureland of the East” (within shouting distance of this marker); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" (about 600 feet away); Freestone Point Earthworks (about 600 feet away); Lee’s Woods Historic Trail (about 600 feet away); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a sketch captioned, Original Sketch of the fish houses Freestone Point in 1861.
On the upper right of the marker is a reproduction captioned, This ad was placed in the Alexandria Gazette by Henry Fairfax. He leased out the fishery at Freestone Point for $2,000 per year in 1826. This sum equates to approximately $35,000 per year in today's dollars.
On the bottom right of the marker is a sketch captioned, Haul seining is a method of catching fish that has been in use throughout the ages. The technique has varied little to this day. Fishermen enclosed the fish in a net that could sometimes be a mile or more in length.
Also see . . .
1. Leesylvania State Park. (Submitted on December 6, 2008.)
2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Order of the Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles requesting protection of a building at the Freestone Point fishery. (Submitted on December 6, 2008.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2008. This page has been viewed 760 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.