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

Gum Springs

 
 
Gum Springs image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 27, 2007
1. Gum Springs
Inscription. Gum Springs, an African-American community, originated here on a 214-acre farm bought in 1833 by West Ford (ca. 1785-1863), a freed man, skilled carpenter, and manager of the Mount Vernon estate. The freedmanís school begun here in 1867 at Bethlehem Baptist Church encouraged black settlement. In 1890 the Rev. Samuel K. Taylor, William Belfield, Lovelace Brown, Hamilton Gray, Robert D. King, Henry Randall, and Nathan Webb formed the Joint Stock Company of Gum Springs and sold lots. Gum Springs has remained a vigorous black community.
 
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-94.)
 
Location. 38° 44.909′ N, 77° 4.965′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Fordson Road and Richmond Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west on Fordson Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hybla Valley Airport (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); US Route 1 Wall of Aviation (approx. half
Wider view of the Gum Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 27, 2007
2. Wider view of the Gum Springs Marker
a mile away); Huntley (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Huntley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Beacon Field Airport (approx. 1.5 miles away); Original Mount Vernon High School (approx. 1.5 miles away); Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gum Springs Historical Society. (Submitted on April 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
2. Gum Springs--The Legacy of West Ford. (Submitted on April 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 1,949 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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