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029-0218 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 03/17/1981

NRHP Listing Date 05/18/1981

NRHP Reference Number 81000079

Opened in 1932, the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway was the first parkway project of the U.S. government and the first such road with a commemorative function explicit in its name and alignment. Engineer Jay Downer, landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, and arborist Henry Nye served as design consultants. All three were employees of the Westchester County Park Authority where they gained experience in parkway design. With its stone-faced arch bridges, concrete slab base, beveled curbing, and lush landscaping the parkway affords fine views of the Potomac River and points of interest along the way. Approximately fifteen miles long, the route begins at Arlington Memorial Bridge and extends south along the Potomac from Arlington County, through the city of Alexandria and on through riverside woodlands and meadows to its namesake, Mount Vernon in Fairfax County. The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway is now part of an extensive parkway system serving the nation’s capital.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: June 9, 2022