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

Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

George Washington Memorial Parkway

 
 
Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 19, 2016
1. Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Marker
Inscription. Construction of the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway was the result of years of public support for a dignified memorial road connecting the nationís capital with the home of its first president. The 15-mile roadway opened in 1932, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washingtonís birth.

As the first commemorative scenic highway built by the U.S. government, this roadway became a model for a new era of public roads. Designed to blend into natural landscape, and built with limited access points, the concept included panoramic vistas and historical attractions.

Today the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, extending 25 miles along the Potomac River. The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a unit of the national park system and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Dedication ceremony at Mount Vernon Circle, November 15, 1932.

(Below) Before the memorial highway was built, visitors to Mount Vernon had to travel the congested inland road, lined with refuse dumps, billboards, and commercial development.

The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway follows the Potomac shoreline, meandering past historic sites and through woodlands and marsh. Designed to preserve as many trees as possible, the road was also
Mount Vernon Trail (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 19, 2016
2. Mount Vernon Trail (facing south)
planted with several hundred thousand native trees and shrubs.
 
Location. 38° 44.767′ N, 77° 2.942′ W. Marker is in Fort Hunt, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from West Boulevard Drive south of Alexandria Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located along the Mount Vernon Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Fine Improvable Marsh (approx. 1.6 miles away); Anatomy of a Tidal Marsh (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gum Springs (approx. 1.8 miles away); 15-inch Rodman Smoothbore (approx. 1.8 miles away in Maryland); King's Depression Carriage (approx. 1.9 miles away in Maryland); Northwest Bastion (approx. 1.9 miles away in Maryland); The Defenses of Washington (approx. 1.9 miles away in Maryland).
 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Memorial Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on March 20, 2016.) 

2. Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (pdf file). Library of Congress (Submitted on March 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on March 20, 2016.) 
 
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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 151 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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