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029-0466 Georgetown Pike

Georgetown Pike
Photo credit: Tanya Beauchamp, 2012

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VLR Listing Date 06/21/2012

NRHP Listing Date 08/22/2012

NRHP Reference Number 12000537

Georgetown Pike, in Fairfax and Arlington counties, was constructed between 1813 and 1827 by two privately organized turnpike companies to connect Georgetown markets with agricultural and manufacturing interests in Leesburg and beyond. The pike’s construction met the best engineering standards of its day by utilizing two layers of stones fitted closely together and crowned in the center to improve drainage and wear. In the 1920s, Georgetown Pike was adapted as a toll road for automobiles, and in 1934 it was acquired by the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the last surviving of the four major 19th-century Arlington and Fairfax County turnpike roads to retain integrity of design together with historic and scenic character.


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


Updated: January 31, 2022