Fall Hill Road

Fall Hill Road (HM247R)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.939', W 77° 29.391'

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Four roads radiated from the river town of Fredericksburg. To the south, the Richmond Stage Road coursed across the gentle terrain of the Tidewater region. Two roads reached west, one to Spotsylvania Court House and the other toward Orange Court House. The fourth road followed the Rappahannock River and beyond the city limits it is still called River Road. This steep slope shows that Fall Hill Road was the more difficult route to travel.
Fall Hill also refers to this prominence (210 feet in elevation) upon which Francis Thornton V constructed a handsome brick home. The historic driveway is across the ravine in front of you, its surface covered in oyster shells, which functioned as gravel. Fall Hill Road crossed the uplands for approximately two miles before dropping toward the Rappahannock River, where the first river crossing above Fredericksburg was located at Banks' Ford.

There are two maps pictured on the marker. The map on the left is captioned, "The Colonial era roads are still in use, upgraded to modern standards and crossing a new barrier - Interstate-95."
The map on the right is captioned, "This 1867 map was prepared by U.S. Army topographical engineers and shows the roads that connected Fredericksburg with points west. A portion of the historic Fall Hill roadbed is still evident in the woods, 300

feet downhill from here."
HM NumberHM247R
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282322 N 4243771
Decimal Degrees38.31565000, -77.48985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.939', W 77° 29.391'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 56.34" N, 77° 29' 23.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800 Forest Village, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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