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McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Salona

 
 
Salona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
1. Salona Marker
Inscription. Salona was built on part of the 1719 Thomas Lee 2,862 acre grant known as Langley. During the War of 1812, the estate's owner, the Rev. William Maffitt, reputedly gave refuge to President James Madison as the British burned Washington. Civil War Camp Griffin occupied Salona, then owned by Jacob Smoot, through the winter of 1861/62, the house serving as headquarters for Union General William "Baldy" Smith. A working farm until the Smoot family began selling acreage in 1947, Salona was purchased in stages by Clive and Susan Duval beginning in 1953. The Duval family later arranged for the preservation of the house and property.
 
Erected 2010 by Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 56.424′ N, 77° 10.573′ W. Marker is in McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Dolley Madison Blvd. (Virginia Route 123), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or
Salona marker, Salona property in background image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
2. Salona marker, Salona property in background
Photo taken from Rt. 123.
near this postal address: 1235 Dolley Madison Blvd., Mc Lean VA 22101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benvenue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); McLean (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Laughlin Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Lewinsville (approx. one mile away); Langley Fork (approx. 1.2 miles away); William Watters (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Whann Mackall (approx. 1.4 miles away); Who Was Claude Moore? (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McLean.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on public land next to the Salona property, right around the corner from the intersection of Buchanan Street and Rt. 123. The private residence is currently obscured by trees.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Salona Preservation Efforts. Information on Fairfax County's preservation efforts, and background
A front view of the Salona house image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
3. A front view of the Salona house
The Salona house sits on private property and cannot be easily viewed from the street.
information on Salona. (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.) 

2. Camp Griffin. Additional information on Salona, Camp Griffin, and the Civil War camps around the McLean area. (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.) 

3. Letters from Camp Griffin. St. Mary's College in California has an on-line collection of letters from a private stationed at Camp Griffin. (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraWar of 1812War, US Civil
 
Marker on the origin of the Salona house image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
4. Marker on the origin of the Salona house
This marker is affixed to the front of the Salona house, near the entrance way.
Back of the Salona house image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
5. Back of the Salona house
Rock and marker on the path to the Salona house image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
6. Rock and marker on the path to the Salona house
Another marker commemorating Madison's stay image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
7. Another marker commemorating Madison's stay
This marker is affixed to the front of the house, near the entrance-way.
Property just behind the Salona house image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr.
8. Property just behind the Salona house
Vermont regiments encamped on the land around the Salona house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on May 24, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 1, 2010, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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