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Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac”

 
 
"A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
1. "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" Marker
Inscription. "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac," suggests the type of atmosphere that existed at Freestone Point in July, 1957. The S.S. Freestone, a gambling ship, was the main attraction of an exciting new recreational resort. Even though it was illegal to either gamble of sell liquor by the drink in Virginia at this time, activity on the S.S. Freestone was protected from Virginia law by mooring in Maryland waters. The S.S. Freestone featured 200 slot machines on her deck, a finely furnished restaurant on the second, and on the third deck a cocktail lounge, in Hawaiian décor, featured live music and dancing. Formerly an excursion steamer, the ship had been retrofitted as a floating casino. Special opening day ceremonies held on July 20, 1957, included events such as the live music of Johnny Long and his Orchestra, water ballet, water skiing exhibitions, raced by sailing craft, fireworks and a beauty contest to crown the Queen of Freestone Point.
 
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
 
Location. 38° 35.447′ N, 77° 14.853′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Daniel K. Ludgwig Drive. Touch for map. Marker is near the Leesylvania State Park pier. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The S.S. Freestone image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
2. The S.S. Freestone
... moored at a newly constructed pier at Freestone Point in 1957.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Woods Historic Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Freestone Point Earthworks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "At the Point of Rock" (about 300 feet away); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (about 300 feet away); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (about 500 feet away); Iron Pulley Wheel (about 600 feet away); The Freestone Fisheries (about 600 feet away); Swimming in Bounty (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
 
More about this marker. At the lower left of the marker is a picture of the "S.S. Freestone moored at a newly constructed pier at Freestone Point in 1957."

At the lower right of the marker is a picture of the "frontpiece and portion of the dinner menu from the S.S. Freestone’s dining room."

On the upper right of the marker is a picture of the "Grand Opening Advertisement."
 
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"A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
3. "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" Marker
The Pier image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
4. The Pier
Note that, by walking out on the pier, you are actually leaving Virginia and entering Maryland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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