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Old Road to the West E-112 | Marker History

Old Road to the West Marker, E-112

Colvin Run Road is a remnant of an 18th-century wagon road from the Shenandoah Valley to Alexandria that probably originated as an Indian path. George Washington passed by here in 1753 and 1754 en route to persuade the French on the Ohio River to withdraw from English territory. In 1755, during the French and Indian War, a brigade of Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock's army traveled the road on its ill-fated march to Fort Duquesne. The road was incorporated into the Middle Turnpike before 1840. A century later, the moving and straightening of the Leesburg Pike reduced Colvin Run Road to a byway.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1999
Region: Northern Virginia Region
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Great Falls, VA 22066. Located on State Route 743, 0.25 miles northwest of the intersection of State Route 743 and Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7). Marker is on the right when traveling northwest on State Route 743.
GPS Location: 38.970191,-77.293966
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