Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (HM1R4X)

Location: Fort Hunt, VA 22308 Fairfax County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 44.767', W 77° 2.942'

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

Construction of the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway was the result of years of public support for a dignified memorial road connecting the nation's capital with the home of its first president. The 15-mile roadway opened in 1932, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

As the first commemorative scenic highway built by the U.S. government, this roadway became a model for a new era of public roads. Designed to blend into natural landscape, and built with limited access points, the concept included panoramic vistas and historical attractions.

Today the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, extending 25 miles along the Potomac River. The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a unit of the national park system and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Dedication ceremony at Mount Vernon Circle, November 15, 1932.

(Below) Before the memorial highway was built, visitors to Mount Vernon had to travel the congested inland road, lined with refuse dumps, billboards, and commercial development.

The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway follows the Potomac shoreline, meandering past historic sites and through woodlands and marsh. Designed to preserve as many trees as possible, the road was also planted with several hundred thousand native trees and shrubs.
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HM NumberHM1R4X
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 20th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321929 N 4290596
Decimal Degrees38.74611667, -77.04903333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 44.767', W 77° 2.942'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 44' 46.02" N, 77° 2' 56.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mt Vernon Trail, Fort Hunt VA 22308, US
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