“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Emerging Nation

The Emerging Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. The Emerging Nation Marker
Inscription. From the late 1700s into the 1800s, the pastoral calm of the Point was interrupted repeatedly—by soldiers manning cannon emplacements, by surveyors laying out the boundaries of the nation's capital, by workers at a ropewalk and the lighthouse, and by Union troops constructing a gun battery to defend the federal city during the Civil War.

During the Revolutionary War, cannon positions were established on Jones Point. These defenses were enlarged during and following the War, but eventually abandoned. However, it would not be the military's last use of Jones Point.

The survey that defined the original ten-mile square of the District of Columbia began here when surveyor Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker, a free black farmer and self taught mathematician and astronomer, placed the south cornerstone on Jones Point in 1791. Although the cornerstone still stands today—located behind the 19th century lighthouse—the land on this side of the Potomac River was returned to Virginia in 1847.

A growing maritime industry brought a ropewalk to Jones Point, which manufactured ship's rope from 1833 to 1850. By 1856, Jones Point also had a lighthouse that guided ship traffic to the bustling ports of Georgetown and Alexandria. When the Civil War began, these points found themselves on opposing sides.
This marker is the center marker of these three. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. This marker is the center marker of these three.
Union forces quickly occupied Confederate Alexandria, and in 1863 completed a gun emplacement above Jones Point cove. Along with Forte Foote in Maryland, Battery Rogers guarded the Potomac River approach to the capital.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 47.535′ N, 77° 2.548′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.2 miles from South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near a playground in Jones Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World Wars to the Present (here, next to this marker); Prehistory to Colonial Settlement (here, next to this marker); World War I-Era Rudder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lost Village of Cameron at Great Hunting Creek (about 600 feet away); Mistress Margaret Brent (about 600 feet away); The Remarkable Margaret Brent (about 600 feet away); The Jones Point Lighthouse (about 700 feet away); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These three markers jointly tell the history of Jones Point.
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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