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“Pleasureland of the East”

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
1. “Pleasureland of the East” Marker
Inscription. In the late 1950s a large scale gambling resort was planned for Freestone Point. The original scheme boasted a luxury hotel, a golf course and country club, marinas, white sand beaches, swimming pools, tennis, and amusement park and more. Much of this fourteen million dollar vision was forgotten with the demise of the gambling ship in 1958. Existing facilities were utilized and others added in the early 1960s when the resort was converted into a recreational area. Featured here were three swimming pools, a ferris wheel, and a merry-go-round, go-kart racing, pony rides, a boardwalk and pier, a model train ride, and over a mile of white sand beach.

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(upper left) Grand Opening Advertisement, May 28, 1960.
(lower left) A view of the resort from the upper deck of the gambling ship.
(upper right) The Freestone Point pools were very popular with the locals.
(center right) Freestone Point Beach covered over a mile of Potomac shore.
(lower right) A model train ride offered a relaxing tour of Freestone Point.
 
Location. 38° 35.367′ N, 77° 14.976′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Daniel K Ludwig Drive and Neabsco Road, on the right when
“Pleasureland of the East” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
2. “Pleasureland of the East” Marker
traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in Leesylvania State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2201 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Freestone Fisheries (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Pulley Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Swimming in Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill Wheel (about 700 feet away); "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" (about 800 feet away); Freestone Point Earthworks (about 800 feet away); Lee’s Woods Historic Trail (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
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“Pleasureland of the East” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
3. “Pleasureland of the East” Marker
Sign at the entrance to Leesylvania State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
4. Sign at the entrance to Leesylvania State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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