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Arthurdale in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Arthurdale”

 
 
“Arthurdale” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
1. “Arthurdale” Marker
Inscription. Colonel John Fairfax’s old plantation. He was aide to General Washington in the Revolution and at one time was superintendent of Mt. Vernon. The mansion was built in 1818. Federal homestead project here was model for others.
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Location. 39° 29.756′ N, 79° 48.858′ W. Marker is in Arthurdale, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is on U.S. 92 just south of X Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arthurdale WV 26520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Arthurdale (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cow Run Sand (approx. 2.8 miles away); Kingwood (approx. 7 miles away); Preston County Courthouse (approx. 7 miles away); Price's Tavern (approx. 7 miles away); “The Pines” (approx. 7 miles away); Albright (approx. 9.1 miles away); Dunkard Bottom (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
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“Arthurdale” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
2. “Arthurdale” Marker
 John Fairfax. Biography at the Mount Vernon website. Excerpt: “John Fairfax left Washington's employ in December of 1790 and moved to Monongalia County. There Fairfax became a justice of the peace in 1794 and later represented the county in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1809 to 1810, and again from 1814 until 1815. His first wife was a Virginian named Mary Byrne, with whom he had two sons. Fairfax later married Anne Lloyd Franklin from Charles County, Maryland, with whom he had two more children, one of whom was named George Washington Fairfax. Fairfax returned to Mount Vernon at least once. On November 2nd, 1799, only about a month before George Washington died, he noted in his diary that ‘Mr. Jno. Fairfax (formerly an overseer of mine) came here before dinner and stayed all Night’.” (Submitted on July 6, 2014.) 
 
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Location of the Arthur Mansion image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
3. Location of the Arthur Mansion
View if from the marker. The mansion was torn down and the Arthurdale Inn was built. It is now a nursing home.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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