Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Army Comes to Belvoir
After World War I, Camp Humphreys retained a small garrison and expanded from its original 1,500 acres to 6,000 in 1919. In 1922, the Camp was renamed Fort Humphreys, a permanent post. In 1935, the post was renamed Fort Belvoir, and expansion efforts began. By the end of World War II in 1945, almost 150,000 engineer troops had been trained at Fort Belvoir. Since that time, Fort Belvoir has provided many vital services to the Nation. Today Fort Belvoir serves the National Capital Region as an Administrative Support Center.
In 1931, Colonel Edward H. Schulz, Commanding Officer, began the first archaeological investigation at Belvoir. In the 1970s Captain George Shott, Jr. undertook a four year archaeological investigation, supported by the US Army Engineer Museum, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools. The project resulted in listing the Belvoir Ruins and Fairfax Family Gravesite in the National Register of Historic Places in
The Army has been a steward for this important site by providing for research, preservation and interpretation.
Location. 38° 40.728′ N, 77° 7.774′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located along the Belvoir and Potomac View Trail, reached from a parking area off Forney Lane, on Fort Belvoir. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birth of a River (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferdinando, and the End of the Fairfax Ownership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Life at Belvoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
More about this marker. The marker is on Fort Belvoir, an active U.S. Army installation. Please check the links below for site access information.
Also see . . .
1. Access to Fort Belvoir. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Establishment of Camp A. A. Humphreys. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Military • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.