Near Great Falls in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
People and the Potomac
The Potomac River is the second largest watershed feeding the Chesapeake Bay. Early peoples depended on the river for food and made their homes along its banks. European settlers saw the river as a source for transportation, expansion, and settlement.
We still rely on the river in important ways. Most of the people in the Washington, D.C. area depend on the Potomac River as a source of their drinking water. Millions more see the river as a place to recreate - a place to escape from busy lives.
What is YOUR relationship to the river?
Erected by George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 59.753′ N, 77° 15.2′ W. Marker is near Great Falls, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route 193). Touch for map. Located along the Great Falls National Park main trail, at an overlook of the falls. Marker is in this post office area: Great Falls VA 22066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River of Change (here, next to this marker); A Globally Rare Environment (here, next to this The Patowmack Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olmsted Island (about 500 feet away in Maryland); a different marker also named The Patowmack Canal (about 700 feet away); Creating a National Park (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Mather Gorge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Boats Passing By (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
More about this marker. The background photo on the marker shows "Two women sit on a rock overlooking the Great Falls of the Potomac circa 1920." Three inset illustrations on the lower right illustrate the evolution of river transportation. The first is a drawing showing that "American Indians used fire to make dugout canoes." The second is a photo showing "Reenactors pole a replica of a boat used for early river navigation." The last shows that "Experienced kayakers paddle the waters at Great Falls."
Also see . . . Great Falls Park. National Park Service site detailing the falls and the park. (Submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 977 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on April 7, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.