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

McLean, Virginia Historical Markers

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By Craig Swain, August 24, 2007
Engineering Diagram of Fort
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Auxiliary BatteryFort Marcy, Virginia
An extensive line of rifle trenches connected the advance works of Fort Ethan Allen and Fort Marcy and extended to the west bank of the Potomac River. Auxiliary batteries for the field guns, strategically placed, provided additional strength to . . . — Map (db m3079) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Battle of LewinsvilleUnion Reconnaissance Party Attacked
On September 11, 1861, Lt. Orlando Poe led a party of U.S. Army Topographical Engineers to map the area around Lewinsville for military use. Col. Isaac Stevens and 1,800 men protected the engineers. Stevens’s command included the 79th New York . . . — Map (db m56685) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Benvenue
“Benvenue” was part of the 3402 acre “Woodberry” estate granted by Lord Fairfax in 1724 to George Turberville. Charles Lee Corbin Turberville was deeded 400 acres in 1796, which included 198 acres that became known as . . . — Map (db m178) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Burling Defenders
On July 16, 1970 — two days after county residents voted to raise their own taxes to buy this land — bulldozers began uprooting trees to replace this forest with 309 houses. The development plan failed because of a fight waged by . . . — Map (db m125175) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Chesterbrook
Lincolnville, a farming community that developed along Kirby Road after the Civil War, was renamed Chesterbrook ca. 1897. The "First Colored Baptist Church of Fairfax County" was founded ca. 1866 by Reverend Cyrus Carter. The one-room Chesterbrook . . . — Map (db m100884) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Floods at Great FallsGreat Falls Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The high-water marks seem hard to believe, but powerful Potomac River waters sometimes cover this area. How can that happen? High water occurs at least once a year when all the rocks in the falls are covered. Floods occur about every 10 years after . . . — Map (db m125300) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Fort Marcy
Civil War Defenses of Washington 1861-1865 The earthworks and other visible remnants of Fort Marcy and related batteries still remain. Fort Marcy was built in 1862 to protect the Chain Bridge approach to Washington, D.C. — Map (db m42258) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Fort Marcy, VirginiaA Civil War Defense of Washington
The Virginia approaches to the Chain Bridge were guarded by Fort Marcy on the old Leesburg Turnpike and Fort Ethan Allen on the Military Road. The sites were occupied by Union troops on September 24, 1861, and the earthworks completed in short . . . — Map (db m70682) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Mather Gorge
This mighty chasm, carved by the Potomac River, below Great Falls is dedicated and named in memory of Stephen T. Mather July 4, 1867 - January 22, 1930 With untiring enthusiasm for the National Park Idea, he served as first . . . — Map (db m101720) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — McLean
McLean originated in this vicinity after the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad began operating in 1906. Its tracks crossed Chain Bridge Road between the villages of Lewinsville and Langley, near the Ingleside community. By 1910 the . . . — Map (db m181) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Odrick’s Corner
In 1872 Alfred Odrick, a former slave and carpenter, purchased 30 acres and built a house on the south side of Lewinsville Road, later intersected by Spring Hill Road to form Odrick's Corner. By 1879 a one-room schoolhouse, Odrick's School, had been . . . — Map (db m5610) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Old Georgetown Pike Ancient Indian Trail
Reputedly traveled by Captain John Smith — Map (db m125184) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Patowmack CanalGreat Falls Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
George Washington had a marvelous idea—turn the Potomac River into a navigable waterway linking the East Coast with the Ohio River Valley. To do so, the Patowmack Company, which he helped form, dredged portions of the riverbed and built a . . . — Map (db m125186) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Salona
Salona was built on part of the 1719 Thomas Lee 2,862 acre grant known as Langley. During the War of 1812, the estate's owner, the Rev. William Maffitt, reputedly gave refuge to President James Madison as the British burned Washington. Civil War . . . — Map (db m65488) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — The Laughlin Building
This building, dedicated in 1988 by William and Dara Laughlin, replaced a long-standing McLean landmark. In 1906, Matthew J. Laughlin, owner of a nearby dairy farm, purchased this lot. He built a residence/store here, which became a focal point of . . . — Map (db m57488) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — The Patowmack Canal[Great Falls Park]
The shallow ditch behind this sign marks the bed of the Great Falls portion of the Patowmack Canal. A system of by-passes to provide riverboats easy passage around waterfalls in the Potomac River; it was promoted by George Washington, and built . . . — Map (db m49411) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — Who Was Claude Moore?Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run
Mr. Claude Moore was a philanthropist who donated $250,000 in the 1980s to keep the Turkey Run Farm alive as the only privately owned and operated national park. The Farm then changed its name to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Why . . . — Map (db m70681) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — William Watters
William Watters (1751-1827) was appointed to a circuit at the first American Methodist Conference in Philadelphia in 1773, making him the first officially appointed American-born Methodist itinerant circuit rider. During the Revolutionary War . . . — Map (db m100972) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), McLean — William Whann MackallBrigadier General — Confederate States of America —
Graduate U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1837, 8th in Class Resigned Commission to serve with Confederate Army May 1861-April 1865 Adjutant General to General Albert S. Johnston Commanded at Island No. 10, taken prisoner, later exchanged . . . — Map (db m20398) HM

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