“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lorton, Virginia Historical Markers

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By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
At Home in an Ecotone Marker
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — At Home in an Ecotone
An ecotone is a transition between two adjacent ecosystems. Areas where these different habitats meet and overlay support plant and animal species from both constraints. Because of this, they’re often the busiest and best places for observing an . . . — Map (db m98164)
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Birds Then and NowCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
(panel 1) John Smith and other English settlers marveled at the abundance of birds in this area. Visitors today can still discover an amazing variety of birds here. Known for its bald eagles, the Mason Neck Peninsula also hosts many . . . — Map (db m98162) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-107 — Colchester
Colchester, founded in 1753 at the location of a ferry crossing, was the second town established in Fairfax County. Located on the main post road from Boston to Charleston, and at the end of the Ox Road leading west to the Blue Ridge, the town . . . — Map (db m206) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Delaying TacticsStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
(Panel 1) The Battle of the White House Gun Battery, September 1-5, 1814, was the first military action in the region after the British attack on Washington. Named for a nearby white house, the battery was located at today’s Fort Belvoir. . . . — Map (db m98160) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm
In this vicinity, on Thursday, 6 April 1905, Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm was shot while attempting to arrest a man who had been harassing students at the Lorton Valley School. He died the following day at the Emergency Hospital in Washington, . . . — Map (db m100654) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Evolution of a Landscape – Plantation, Prison, ParkPreserved Spaces – Protecting and Influencing Communities
Evolution of a Landscape – Plantation, Prison, Park It may be difficult to imagine all of the events, large and small, that took place on the surrounding landscape, but Laurel Hill Park has been influenced by thousands of years of . . . — Map (db m22385) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-65 — Gunston Hall
Gunston Hall, four miles to the east, is one of the most noted colonial places in Virginia. The land was patented in 1651 by Richard Turney, who was hanged for taking part in Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. In 1696 the second George Mason acquired it. . . . — Map (db m205) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-80 — Indian Attack
To the east, on Dogue Neck, "Certain Unknown Indians" attacked the house of Thomas Barton about 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, 16 June 1700, killing eight persons with "arrowes & Wooden Tommahawkes." The neighboring Piscataway Indians denied making the attack . . . — Map (db m203) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Joseph W. Jordan
Dedicated to the Memory Of Lorton Little Leaguer Joseph W. Jordan * 1999 All Star * — Map (db m8917) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-71 — Lewis Chapel / Cranford Memorial Methodist Church
This church is a combination of several structures built on the site of the first Pohick Church (1730–1774), making this one of the earliest sites of a religious institution in Fairfax County. Lewis Chapel, named after a Methodist circuit . . . — Map (db m204) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-97 — Lorton Nike Missile Site
Located north of here was one of three Nike anti-aircraft missile complexes in Fairfax County operated by the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1954 and 1974. The sites were established during the Cold War to defend Washington from . . . — Map (db m2092) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Lorton Station
The settlement of Lorton was named by Joseph Plaskett, who immigrated to Virginia from his home north of England in the scenic Lorton Valley. Plaskett became the first Lorton postmaster in 1875 and generations of Plasketts followed in his footsteps . . . — Map (db m1818) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Mount Air
The original 522~acre plantation was granted to Dennis McCarty in 1727 and passed through the hands of only three additional families: the Chichesters, Landstreets and Kernans. Mount Air represents in microcosm a history of Fairfax county~~the rise . . . — Map (db m13749) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Mount Air Historic SiteMount Air: The Story of a Home
Keeping it in the Family The McCarty’s who built Mount Air, were an important Virginia family. Dennis McCarty patented the land where you stand in 1727. Dennis McCarty served as Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, a vestryman from Truro Parish and . . . — Map (db m15396) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Noman Monroe Cole, Jr.1933 - 1997
An engineer who believed science must serve people; a citizen who believed one person could make a difference, and did. The Potomac River in the 1960's was one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The major source of Potomac . . . — Map (db m8908) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-61 — Occoquan Workhouse
In the nearby Occoquan Workhouse, from June to December, 1917, scores of women suffragists were imprisoned by the District of Columbia for picketing the White House demanding their right to vote. Their courage and dedication during harsh treatment . . . — Map (db m1032) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Occoquan Workhouse
This marker honors the suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in 1917 and 1918, for picketing the White House to gain support for an amendment to the Constitution to give women the right to vote. The women were members of the National . . . — Map (db m30267) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-62 — Old Telegraph Line
One of the first telegraph lines in the world, a part of the Washington–New Orleans Telegraph Company, was built from Washington to Petersburg in 1847. From this the road took its name. — Map (db m199) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E-72 — Pohick Church
This building was begun in 1769 and completed by 1774, succeeding an earlier church two miles to the south. It was the Lower Church of Truro Parish, established in 1732, the parish of Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall. George William Fairfax, George . . . — Map (db m13750) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Pohick ChurchCivil War Balloon Outpost
During the Civil War, the prominent hilltop location of Pohick Church made it a target for occupation and vandalism, but it also served as an aeronautical center. On November 12, 1861, Union Gen. Samuel P. Heintzelman’s 2nd Michigan Volunteers . . . — Map (db m65051) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Shiloh Baptist Church
According to tradition, African Americans from the Mason Neck area and others who had recently moved to Virginia from Maryland formed a religious congregation in 1869. They built a log church on the north side of Gunston Road in 1878 where their . . . — Map (db m58318) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — The Herris Stone
This stone's original inscription was Heare lyes bodey of Livt Willeame Herris who died May 16 : 1698 : aged : 065 years : By birth a Britaire : a good soldier a good husbnd & kinde : neighbour. Mr. Herris (Harris) was the father of Anne . . . — Map (db m201) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Vision, Initiative, and DedicationMason Neck State Park and Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
This magnificent area, a nesting place of the American Bald Eagle and home to a variety of other birds and wildlife, was threatened in 1965 with intense development. To preserve this unspoiled, historic and scenic area along the Potomac, citizens . . . — Map (db m81251) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — Wagener
The remains from 29 graves were brought here from the Wagener family cemetery at Stisted, their plantation on the Occoquan River near Colchester. The Second Peter Wagener (1717–1774), Clerk of the Fairfax County Court (1752–1772), served . . . — Map (db m202) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — War in the ChesapeakeStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
(Panel 1) During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the . . . — Map (db m81262) HM

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