"A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac"

"A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" (HM30N)

Location: Woodbridge, VA 22191 Prince William County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 35.447', W 77° 14.853'

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"A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac," suggests the type of atmosphere that existed at Freestone Point in July, 1957. The S.S. Freestone, a gambling ship, was the main attraction of an exciting new recreational resort. Even though it was illegal to either gamble of sell liquor by the drink in Virginia at this time, activity on the S.S. Freestone was protected from Virginia law by mooring in Maryland waters. The S.S. Freestone featured 200 slot machines on her deck, a finely furnished restaurant on the second, and on the third deck a cocktail lounge, in Hawaiian d?cor, featured live music and dancing. Formerly an excursion steamer, the ship had been retrofitted as a floating casino. Special opening day ceremonies held on July 20, 1957, included events such as the live music of Johnny Long and his Orchestra, water ballet, water skiing exhibitions, raced by sailing craft, fireworks and a beauty contest to crown the Queen of Freestone Point.
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HM NumberHM30N
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Placed ByLeesylvania State Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:12am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 304253 N 4273762
Decimal Degrees38.59078333, -77.24755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 35.447', W 77° 14.853'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 35' 26.82" N, 77° 14' 51.18" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4501-4571 Lee's Woods Historic Trail, Woodbridge VA 22191, US
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