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

Park and Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway

 
 
Park and Parkway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 19, 2016
1. Park and Parkway Marker
Inscription. Dedicated in 1932, the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway was created to honor George Washington’s 200th birthday. This scenic parkway connected Mount Vernon to the recently dedicated Arlington Memorial Bridge. As the first modern motorway built by the federal government, it was praised as “America’s Most Modern Highway.” Innovative construction plans included landscaping, widely spaced access ramps, and overpasses instead of intersections.

In the early 1930s thousands of Americans lost their jobs in the Great Depression. Part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal created the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC provided jobless young men with opportunities to earn money and learn trade skills. Men from CCC camp N.P. #6, based at Fort Hunt, planted over 250,000 trees and shrubs along the parkway.

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In planting trees to the memory of George Washington, there is also planted with them all that trees meant to this great man - the combined attributes of the honest, loyal service that means immortality.
Mrs. John Dickinson Sherman
George Washington Bicentennial Commission

Civilian Conservation Corps planting trees at Roaches Run, 1934
 
Erected by George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service
Mount Vernon Trail (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 19, 2016
2. Mount Vernon Trail (facing north)
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Location. 38° 42.816′ N, 77° 5.116′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the Mount Vernon Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Washington-Rochambeau Route to Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington-Rochambeau Route (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Vernon Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Mount Vernon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Powel Coach (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Memorial Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on March 20, 2016.) 

2. Mount Vernon Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on March 20, 2016.) 
 
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Mount Vernon Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 19, 2016
3. Mount Vernon Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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