Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike

Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike (HM2LR2)

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N 38° 42.676', W 77° 8.622'

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The Virginia General Assembly incorporated the Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike Company in March 1856. The road passed here on its roughly nine-mile route from Alexandria to Accotink Creek. Its founders included local slaveholders as well as antislavery Quakers who had established a free-labor community for black and white families nearby. The turnpike facilitated travel to Mount Vernon and improved farmers' access to urban markets. During World War I the U.S. Army paved a portion of the road to accommodate heavy traffic to Camp A. A. Humphreys (later Fort Belvoir). A segment of the old turnpike became part of U.S. Route 1.
HM NumberHM2LR2
Year Placed2017
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18H E 313611 N 5713082
Decimal Degrees-38.71126667, -77.14370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.676', W 77° 8.622'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 40.56" N, 77° 8' 37.32" W
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