Great Falls in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The stone wall you see nearby is not just any stone wall; it was built here in the late 1700s as part of George Washington's Patowmack Canal. The wall is a section of the Seneca Bypass, which enabled boatmen to skirt Seneca Falls. The canal was Washington's tireless project to make the Potomac River navigable. His dream would eventually bring commerce to the Atlantic seaboard from the Ohio country and points west, where few men had yet ventured. Although the canal company went bankrupt and Washington died two years before his canal system was finished in 1802, he had succeeded in making the Potomac navigable, if only for a time.
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Location. 39° 3.44′ N, 77° 19.61′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Seneca Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on a trail through the "Seneca Tract" park. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rowser's Ford (approx. half a mile away); Crossing the Potomac at Rowser's Ford Watering the Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away in Maryland); Seneca (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland); The Seneca Aqueduct (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Rowser’s Ford (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Rowser’s Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Life During Encampment in Montgomery County (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.