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

Old Telegraph Line

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, March 25, 2006
1. Old Telegraph Line Marker
Inscription. One of the first telegraph lines in the world, a part of the Washington–New Orleans Telegraph Company, was built from Washington to Petersburg in 1847. From this the road took its name.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number E-62.)
 
Location. 38° 42.545′ N, 77° 11.591′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) and Telegraph Road and Old Colchester Road (County Route 611), on the left when traveling south on Richmond Highway. Touch for map. County Route 611 changes name at this intersection from Telegraph Road to Old Colchester Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pohick Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Pohick Church (here, next to this marker); The Herris Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagener (within shouting distance of this marker); Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
 
More about this marker. This marker was
Pohick Church and Old Telegraph Line Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 25, 2006
2. Pohick Church and Old Telegraph Line Markers
originally erected approx. 0.2 miles south of this spot at the original intersection with Telegraph Road. Telegraph Road was realigned to intersect with Old Colchester Road in the late 1990s.
 
Also see . . .  The Washington-New Orleans Telegraph Co. Civil War Years. Scroll down to the "Early Telegraph" section of this page from the Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine for insulator collectors. (Submitted on March 25, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Communications
 
Old Telegraph Line and Pohick Church Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 25, 2006
3. Old Telegraph Line and Pohick Church Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,616 times since then and 165 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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