Colchester

Colchester (HMOW)

Location: Lorton, VA 22079 Fairfax County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 40.203', W 77° 14.258'

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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 prospered as a trading center and tobacco port. In 1781, Gen. Washington and Comte de Rochambeau passed through Colchester en route to Yorktown. The creation of an alternate postal route over a new bridge upstream in 1805; the diversion of grain shipping from the Shenandoah Valley to Georgetown, Alexandria, and Baltimore; and, according to tradition, a great fire in 1815 contributed to the town's decline.
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HM NumberHMOW
Series This marker is part of the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series
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Marker NumberE 107
Year Placed1999
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:48pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 305331 N 4282538
Decimal Degrees38.67005000, -77.23763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.203', W 77° 14.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 12.18" N, 77° 14' 15.48" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10069-11447 U.S. 1, Lorton VA 22079, US
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