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

Historic Jones Point

 
 
Historic Jones Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 31, 2006
1. Historic Jones Point Marker
Inscription. In the distance is Jones Point, designated as the southern corner of the District of Columbia by President George Washington. In 1790 Congress established the nation’s capital with a ten-mile square of land ceded by Virginia and Maryland. Alexandria City and what is now Arlington County were Virginia’s contribution. In 1846, at the urging of many Alexandria citizens, Virginia petitioned the federal government and regained its territory. Jones Point, however, continued as an important landmark with the construction of a federal lighthouse there in 1856.

Photo Caption: Original District of Columbia Boundary—A 1791 map drawn by Andrew Ellicott, who conducted the land survey for the nation’s capital with Benjamin Banneker. The shaded area, originally part of the District of Columbia, was returned to Virginia in 1846.

Photo Caption: Boundary Stones—Forty boundary stones, erected one per mile, outlined the District. Each included the year (1791 or 1792), the magnetic compass reading, the state, and the inscription “Jurisdiction of the United States”. The District of Columbia’s original cornerstone was erected on Jones Point in 1791.

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Jones Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 30, 2006
2. Jones Point Lighthouse
Caption:
Lighthouse—The small white structure, visible in the distance, is the Jones Point Lighthouse. Completed in 1856, it marked the river channel to Washington’s Navy Yard and to Alexandria, the third busiest seaport in the Chesapeake Bay region. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1926. Today the lights of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge orient vessels. Jones Point Lighthouse about 1929.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 46.809′ N, 77° 3.118′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Touch for map. Marker can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway (near Mile Marker 7.0). Located near the first parking lot of Belle Haven Park. Exit parkway on unnamed road to Belle Haven Marina and then take left turn into parking areas. Marker is along the Mount Vernon Bicycle trail very near the restrooms which are east and north of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonial Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); These Trees
Original District of Columbia Boundary image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 30, 2006
3. Original District of Columbia Boundary
(about 700 feet away); Wasteland or Wetland? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Willard (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is the page for the South Boundary Stone Monument, the first national monument.
 
Also see . . .  Jones Point Lighthouse. (Submitted on December 31, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraLandmarksWaterways & Vessels
 
Jones Point Lighthouse from the site of the Marker (Present Day) image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 30, 2006
4. Jones Point Lighthouse from the site of the Marker (Present Day)
The new Woodrow Wilson drawbridge on I-95 (and construction of its second span) dwarfs the lighthouse.
Jones Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 30, 2006
5. Jones Point Lighthouse
                    Enlargement of Photo No. 4.
Boundary Stone Niche in Seawall on Jones Point image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
6. Boundary Stone Niche in Seawall on Jones Point
The Jones Point lighthouse is above the boundary stone.
District of Columbia South Boundary Stone image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
7. District of Columbia South Boundary Stone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,089 times since then and 40 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 11, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   6, 7. submitted on June 21, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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