Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ever Wondered About Those Historical Highway Markers?

The Loudoun Independent had a neat story recently about the historical markers that reported that Virginia has more than 2,200 historical markers on the highways and byways of the commonwealth. The article looks at the historical significance of several signs in Loudoun County — signs we're sure you've overlooked on your travels through Loudoun.
"The sign marking the Loudoun/Fairfax County Line (1), located in the median strip on Route 7, explains that Loudoun County was formed from Fairfax County in 1757 and named after the 4th Earl of Loudoun — a commander of the British forces in America during the French and Indian War and a governor of Virginia. The flip side states Fairfax County was formed from Prince William County in 1742 and named for the 6th Baron Fairfax of Cameron."

Read the article for more details. And for more on Virginia’s historical highway markers, visit the Department of Historic Resource’s at

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