Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail

Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (HMNCV)

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 40.742', W 77° 7.799'

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The Northern Neck Land Grant

Belvoir and the Fairfax Family —

(Left Side):
The Northern Neck Land Grant
A proprietary was land granted to a loyal subject of the King. The Proprietor was permitted to subdivide the land and grant, sell or give it to others. In 1649, King Charles II granted the Northern Neck Proprietary to seven of his English supporters, one of whom was Lord Culpeper. His daughter married Thomas, Fifth Lord Fairfax in 1690, at which time the prominent Fairfax family came to own this land. Their eldest son, Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax, inherited the Proprietary from his grandmother and his mother.

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Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail Map
The Potomac View Trail begins across the field from where you now stand. It is moderately strenuous as it travels south along the high bluffs of the Potomac River, offering views of the water and adjacent shorelines. The self-guided trail chronologically describes the importance of the river to settlement in this region from prehistoric to contemporary times. As you walk along the trail, you may catch a glimpse of a soaring Red-tailed Hawk, or another regular visitor, the Bald Eagle.

(Right Side):
Belvoir and the Fairfax FamilyIn 1734, Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax who lived in England, asked his trusted cousin, William Fairfax of Salem, Massachusetts, to manage his land holdings in Virginia. In 1736, William Fairfax and Augustine Washington, George Washington's father, explored the Potomac to find suitable locations to establish residences. William selected this site for the establishment of Belvoir, which means "beautiful to see" in French. Augustine selected a nearby site on the bluffs upriver that later became the site of Mount Vernon.

William commissioned the construction of the Georgian-style mansion here, which was completed in 1741. Between 1741 and 1773, the Fairfax family estate Belvoir, served as the family home. As with other 18th century Virginia estates, Belvoir was surrounded by gardens and outbuildings. Several archaeological studies of Belvoir conducted since the 1930s have provided information about the outbuildings, land use, and plantation life.

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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 314721 N 4283312
Decimal Degrees38.67903333, -77.12998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.742', W 77° 7.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 44.52" N, 77° 7' 47.94" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10243-10299 Forney Loop, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, US
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