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Belvoir Plantation - OU0087

 ...At Fort Belvoir

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 38° 40.744' W 77° 07.745' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Virginia
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: b.d.   Distance to Travel: 0.75 mi
 Date Hidden: 01 September 2010
 Date Created: 02 September 2010
 Last Modified: 04 May 2012
 Waypoint: OU0087


{{found}} 5 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 0 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
7089 Visitors
3 x Rated
Rated as: Excellent
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Cache Attributes

Kid Friendly Bring Your Own Pen Offset Cache In the Woods Historic Site Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

Belvoir Mansion Historic Area - Home of Colonel William Fairfax - Established 1741

Welcome to the site of Belvoir, one of the earliest plantations in Northern Virginia established by the Fairfax family.  Signs along the trail begin one eighth of a mile fom the parking area and describe 18th century life on the plantation, use of the several outbuildings and activities at Belvoir.  the site and the Fairfax family graves were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1973.

A branch of this trail leads along the bluffs of the Potomac River.  Signs along the Potomac View Trail explain life in the area before and after the Fairfax family occupation, dating from the earliest use of the property by Native Americans to the establishment of the Army Post.

You will park at the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center.  There are designated spaces reserved for Historic Trail parking only. 

This historic site and natural area is open to the public all year.  However, it is closed during hours of darkness.  Please tread softly and STAY ON THE TRAIL.  This area is managed by the US Army Garrison Fort Belvoir - Environmental and Natural Resource Division (703-806-4007).

There are no trash receptacles available along the trails.  Please carry out your own trash.  To allow for the continued enjoyment by all visitors, please do not remove any natural or historic objects from the area.  Pets enjoy a walk through the woods.  Unfortunately, they can get over excited if not controlled, subsequently scaring wildlife, trampling vegetation or perhaps getting lost or injured.  Please keep all pets on a leash to prevent harm to them or the area ans please clean up after your pet.

Please read the signs at the start of the trail and adhere to all policies posted. 



Stage 1. At the posted coordinates, you will find an informational sign for Belvoir.  On the sign, you will see a rendering of the mansion circa 1972.  In the bottom right corner of the sign, will be pictures of three artifacts recoverd from Belvoir.  the password is the largest item.  Use the caption for the photo (lowercase, no spaces) as the LOG PASSWORD.

Stage 2. Photo of you and / or your GPS at the Fairfax Grave (see additional waypoint).

In order to log a find, you need to have visited the spots indicated.


The Belvoir Mansion and Fairfax Grave sites are located on Fort Belvoir, a controlled access US Army installation. It is possible, however, to  enter through the Tully Gate by simply showing a drivers license.

Visitors who wish to enter Fort Belvoir and do not have a Department of Defense ID  must use Tulley Gate. Simply drive to the checkpoint, as directed, and show a valid state driver's license. The Visitor Processing Operations Center (VPOC) is located at Tulley Gate (just north of Route One and VA 7100).  For current information, call the VPOC at (703) 806-4892 or visit their web page.

CAUTION: While on post, be sure to strictly abide by the speed limits.  You can not rely on the same sort of buffer you might otherwise enjoy.  Also note that you must use a hands free device for your cell phone while driving on post.

If you'd like to plan to meet up, drop me a note and I'll see if we can work it out.

For further information see Wikipedia or Fort Belvoir's webiste.


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Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Parking AreaN 38° 40.825'
W 77° 07.860'
 Parking at Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center. Look for designated spaces. 
Interesting PlaceN 38° 42.000'
W 77° 09.350'
  Tulley Gate, where you need to enter, if you do not have a DOD decal on your vehicle.  
Interesting PlaceN 38° 40.834'
W 77° 07.712'
 Fairfax Grave - Please post a photo of yourself and / or your GPS with the marker. If for, for any reason, you can not provide a photo, please send me a note with the last word on the back side of the monument.  

Additional Hints   Decrypt

Fgntr 1. Erq onpxtebhaq.
Fgntr 2. Sbyybj gur erq oevpx (yvarq) ebnq.





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Log Entries    {{found}} 5x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 10 August 2014 Johmer and Tinks Found it

This is a great piece of local history.  I really enjoyed learning about the Fairfax family and their role in the history of the region and Fort Belvoir itself.  Being a genealogy nerd, I especially liked the family tree of important members of the Fairfax family.  Thanks for bringing me here!
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Me and my antique GPS
Me and my antique GPS

1 23 May 2012 ucobear Found it

Enjoyed this trail path to discover the great history about Fairfax Family.  Thank you for the pleasure with this tour. 
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
William Fairfax Grave Site
William Fairfax Grave Site

1 11 November 2010 sfcchaz Found it

Spent this Veteran's Day caching. I found 10 geocaches, 5 terracaches and 2 opencaches. TNLN TFTC
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sfcchaz at Belvoir Plantation
sfcchaz at Belvoir Plantation

1 15 September 2010 donbadabon Found it

This was a really nice walking path through the woods. And even better, it was a nice cool morning to be out on it!

Actually passed several other people walking around and reading the history. I took my time and also followed the signs down the trail.

Some of the signs are fading though, and were getting hard to read.

Made a note of the info at Stage 1, and walked down to the cemetary.

Took a pic and then enjoyed the short walk back to the parking area.

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At the cemetary
At the cemetary

1 06 September 2010 networkcacher Found it

FTF!  Drove into the neighboorhood and soon found the listed parking.  Other than some kids playing in the common green there were very few signs of life.  I grabbed my gear and took a short walk into the woods.  What a hidden gem!  I've lived in Fairfax County most of my life and never new much of the Fairfax family history, nor anything about Belvoir Plantation.  The many interpretive signs help fill in many of the gaps.  I particularly liked the sign that showed the timeline of neighboring families such as Washington and Carlye.  Without this OC I probably would not have discovered this place. Cool TFTC
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
Fairfax family marker
Fairfax family marker