Copperthite Racetrack

Copperthite Racetrack (HM1RQ3)

Location: Burke, VA 22015 Fairfax County
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N 38° 47.467', W 77° 16.13'

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In 1897 Henry Copperthite, a Georgetown businessman, purchased Silas Burke's farm. In 1907 he constructed, according to a newspaper account, the "very best" harness racing facility "of its kind in the country." The grandstand, which opened on 4 July 1908, held 2,000 people. Horse, motorcycle and car races were also featured. Special trains from the Washington, D.C. area brought visitors to Burke, where they could stay at the new hotel. Families enjoyed fairs, Fort Myer cavalry drills, balloon ascensions, baseball games, athletic contests and dances the pavilion. For nearly a decade, thousands were entertained at the Copperthite racetrack and fairground.
HM NumberHM1RQ3
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Object
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Fairfax County History Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 302950 N 4296041
Decimal Degrees38.79111667, -77.26883333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.467', W 77° 16.13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 28.0200" N, 77° 16' 7.8000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9403-9405 VA-652, Burke VA 22015, US
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