Gravelly Point is an area within the National Park Service's George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. It is located on the west side of the Potomac River, north of Roaches Run and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The paved Mount Vernon Trail travels through the area.
In 1746, a house, on a plantation later named Abingdon, existed near Gravelly Point on property that Gerrard Alexander owned. The name of Alexandria, Virginia, commemorates Alexander's family. In 1778, John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington and stepson of George Washington, purchased the plantation. Martha Washington’s granddaughter Eleanor Parke Custis was later born on the plantation. A house at Abingdon was destroyed by fire in 1930 and its ruins stabilized.
In 2016, a bill was introduced in the United States House of Representatives to rename the site as Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. The bill is not expected to pass.
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- George Washington Memorial Parkway
- BikeWashington.org directions on how to access Gravelly Point via bicycle
- Video of planes flying over Gravelly Point and landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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