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100-0116 Jones Point Lighthouse and District of Columbia South Cornerstone

Jones Point Lighthouse and District of Columbia South Cornerstone
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VLR Listing Date 03/18/1980

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/1980

NPS property number 80000352

The cottage-like Jones Point Lighthouse was an expression of federal concern for the improvement of inland navigation in the first half of the 19th century. Built in 1855, the plain weatherboarded structure with its light straddling its gable roof aided Potomac River shipping for seventy years. Next to the lighthouse is the south cornerstone of the District of Columbia originally laid in 1791 and replaced in 1794. The stone marks the origin of the 1791 survey that carved the District of Columbia from the states of Virginia and Maryland and originally included the city of Alexandria. The Virginia portions of the district were returned to the Commonwealth in 1846. The restored lighthouse is now a part of the Jones Point Park.


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

Updated August 27, 2018