Gum Springs

Gum Springs (HM637)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22306
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N 38° 44.909', W 77° 4.965'

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Gum Springs, an African-American community, originated here on a 214-acre farm bought in 1833 by West Ford (ca. 1785-1863), a freed man, skilled carpenter, and manager of the Mount Vernon estate. The freedman's school begun here in 1867 at Bethlehem Baptist Church encouraged black settlement. In 1890 the Rev. Samuel K. Taylor, William Belfield, Lovelace Brown, Hamilton Gray, Robert D. King, Henry Randall, and Nathan Webb formed the Joint Stock Company of Gum Springs and sold lots. Gum Springs has remained a vigorous black community.
HM NumberHM637
Marker NumberE-94
Year Placed1991
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 4:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 319005 N 4290925
Decimal Degrees38.74848333, -77.08275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 44.909', W 77° 4.965'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 44' 54.54" N, 77° 4' 57.90" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7710 Fordson Rd, Alexandria VA 22306, US
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