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

Old Road To The West

 
 
Old Road To The West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 20, 2007
1. Old Road To The West Marker
Inscription. Colvin Run Road is a remnant of an 18th-century wagon road from the Shenandoah Valley to Alexandria that probably originated as an Indian path. George Washington passed by here in 1753 and 1754 en route to persuade the French on the Ohio River to withdraw from English territory. In 1755, during the French and Indian War, a brigade of Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock’s army traveled the road on its ill-fated march to Fort Duquesne. The road was incorporated into Middle Turnpike before 1840. A century later, the moving and straightening of the Leesburg Pike reduced Colvin Run Road to a byway.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 112.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, and the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.197′ N, 77° 17.638′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Colvin Run Road (Virginia Route 743), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located inside the Colvin Run Mill Park, laying between the Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Colvin Run Road (Route 743). Marker is at or near this postal address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls VA 22066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Marker in the Colvin Mill Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 20, 2007
2. Marker in the Colvin Mill Parking Lot
8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fields of Fire (approx. 1.2 miles away); Forestville School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historical Statement (The Bell) (approx. 2 miles away); Cartersville Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Springhouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Robert E. Simon, Jr. / Reston, Virginia (approx. 2.5 miles away); Reston (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Colvin Run Park. (Submitted on July 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Colvin Run is a Historic Mechanical Landmark. (Submitted on July 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Detailed Mechanical Description of the Mill. (PDF) The American Society of Mechanical Engineers produced this detailed study of the mill. (Submitted on July 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, French and Indian
 
Colvin Run Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 20, 2007
3. Colvin Run Road
The modern road bed follows the historic path at this point. Near the intersection of this road and the Leesburg Pike, the old road bed turns directly east and crosses Difficult Run inside Stream Valley Park.
Colvin Run Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2007
4. Colvin Run Mill
The park includes several historic structures including a general store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,203 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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