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

Belvoir

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 13, 2008
1. Belvoir Marker
Inscription. Belvoir, meaning "beautiful to see," was built about 1741 for William Fairfax, land agent for his cousin Thomas, sixth baron Fairfax of Cameron and Northern Neck proprietor. George Washington was introduced to Belvoir and its gentry culture while in his mid-teens, during stays at Mount Vernon with his half-brother Lawrence, who married William Fairfax's daughter Anne. After the house burned in 1783, Washington wrote to George Fairfax that "the happiest moments of my life had been spent there" at Belvoir. Sept. 1814, British vessels shelled the walls of the house. The U.S. War Department acquired the tract in 1912 for a military camp.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-60.)
 
Location. 38° 42.667′ N, 77° 8.629′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) and Belvoir Road, on the right when traveling east on Richmond Highway. Touch for map. Located at Pence Gate for Fort Belvoir. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Belvoir (here, next to this marker); Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse (approx.
State Markers near Pence Gate, Fort Belvoir image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. State Markers near Pence Gate, Fort Belvoir
¼ mile away); The Woodlawn Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodlawn Historic Landscapes (approx. 0.7 miles away); Woodlawn (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Washington's Gristmill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Doeg Indians (approx. ¾ mile away); Pohick Road Crossing (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Foundation Remains of Belvoir image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
3. Foundation Remains of Belvoir
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 974 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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