In Part Two of roads in Northern Virginia, we looked at three roads leading out of Colchester. Two led to Alexandria, one to the Ravensworth plantations.
Let’s now focus on those leading out of Alexandria (not yet founded when the map was made, but Hugh West had built tobacco warehouses there) in a northerly direction.
On the Map
Runs from north side of Great Hunting Creek northwestward to Falls Church.
Alexandria to Falls Church via King Street/Route 7/Leesburg Pike/E. Broad Street
This was a continuation of the Potomac Path through the village of Cameron. It followed the eastern ridge of the county and was a rolling road for tobacco. It also led to the Falls Church or “upper church” which was established in 1733. The Truro Parish of the Anglican Church had already built a church near the Pohick Creek, and expanded, if you will, to the upper part of the area.
Falls Church to the Potomac Ferry
On the Map
Starting below Falls Church at the junction with the continuation of the Potomac Path, runs eastward toward the Potomac, crosses over 4 Mile Run, and intersects with the road running from Hunting Creek towards the Potomac.
The Fairfax County history book says this was the origin of Lee Highway, but it looks to me more like Wilson Boulevard.
No information is given but this road connected the church with the ferry, which was located at what is now Key Bridge. George Mason set up a ferry here in 1748.
Road north of Great Hunting Creek
On the map
Starts at Great Hunting Creek and runs northward and parallel with the Potomac.
Route 1 I would think, but the first part is up for interpretation. A guess would be the Metro/VRE train tracks were built on that roadbed.
This road ran from Great Hunting Creek to the ferry at Georgetown. This was pre-Georgetown, if you will, when it was part of Maryland province and like Alexandria before its founding in 1749, consisted of a tobacco inspection station, warehouses, wharves, etc.
The one thing stumping me is the creek/run on the map above 4 Mile Run.