“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Falls Church in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Bailey’s Crossroads

Bailey's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 18, 2006
1. Bailey's Crossroads Marker
Inscription. In 1837 Hachaliah Bailey (1774-1845) from Westchester County, New York, purchased 526 acres in the northeast quadrant formed by the intersection of Leesburg and Columbia Pikes. Here he built his home, known as "Moray," which was destroyed by fire in 1942. Before moving to Fairfax County Bailey operated a traveling "menagerie" of elephants. His son, Lewis Bailey (1795-1870), introduced the canvas circus tent to the world and owned a traveling circus before settling on this land that he farmed after 1840. During the Civil War Union officers and their families boarded at Moray. All that remains of the original estate is Moray Lane, which led directly to the house.
Erected 2000 by Fairfax County History Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
Location. 38° 51.246′ N, 77° 7.781′ W. Marker is near Falls Church, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Moray Lane near Crossroads Center Way. Touch for map. Marker is in the corner of the Crossroads Center parking lot between the two shopping center buildings. The shopping center is in the north quadrant of Baley's Crossroads, which is no longer a true
Bailey's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 18, 2006
2. Bailey's Crossroads Marker
crossroads but a cloverleaf interchange now that Leesburg Pike (State Route 7) crosses Columbia Pike (State Route 244) on an overpass. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bailey’s Crossroads Civil War Engagements (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln Reviews Troops at Bailey’s Crossroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Moses Ball Grant (approx. half a mile away); Southwest No. 6 Boundary Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 7 (approx. 0.6 miles away).
Also see . . .  Bailey's Crossroads & Seven Corners History. “Bailey eventually merged his circus with that of P.T. Barnum, which went on to become The Greatest Show on Earth.(Submitted on March 18, 2006.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,629 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on October 19, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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