Fort Belvoir is named for the 18th-century plantation that was owned by William Fairfax. The house burned in 1783. The U.S. War Department acquired much of the Belvoir tract in 1912 as a training center and in 1917 named it Camp A.A. Humphreys for Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys, a former Chief of Engineers. During World War I the camp was enlarged and the Engineer School moved there. The camp was renamed Fort Humphreys in 1922. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the name to Fort Belvoir. The Engineer School moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in 1988.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/18/09
Year On Marker: 1999
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. Located on Belvoir Road, less than 1/5 of a mile south of the intersection of Belvoir Road and Richmond Hwy (Hwy 1). Marker is on the right when traveling south on Belvoir Road.
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