Mount Eagle (plantation)

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Mount Eagle, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA, was the home of Bryan Fairfax.

John Colville of Newcastle upon Tyne owned 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) which he called Cleesh. When he died, he left 47 acres (190,000 m2) to the Earl of Tankerville, settled in 1797.[1]

In later life, Bryan Fairfax was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1789, serving as rector of Christ Church in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, from 1790 to 1792. He bought the property and built Mount Eagle (south of Hunting Creek), where he lived from 1790 until his death, in 1802.

George Washington’s last meal away from Mount Vernon, on December 7, 1799, was there.[2]

The home passed to Bryan Fairfax's son, Ferdinando Fairfax, who was also the heir of George William Fairfax. Ferdinando Fairfax died there on September 24, 1820.[3]

His son, Donald Fairfax was born there on March 10, 1818.

Court Johnson owned the property during the Civil War.[4] Fort Lyon (Virginia) was constructed on the property during the American Civil War.

Mount Eagle, which lies south of Hunting Creek and Alexandria, was demolished in 1968, and the land is now used for the Montebello Condominium and the Huntington Metro Station.[5]

See also[edit]

Map showing Fort Lyon, Fairfax County, Virginia

Historic houses in Virginia


  1. ^ A Smith Bowman, Katherine S Shands, ed. (1964–1965). "Cleesh, Mount Eagle". Historical Society of Fairfax county Virginia. Vienna, Virginia; location 5541654: Independent Publishers. 9: 43. 
  2. ^ Grizzard, Frank E. (2005). "George! A guide to All Things Washington": 460. ISBN 0-9768238-0-2. 
  3. ^ du Bellet, Louise Pecquet (1907). "Some Prominent Virginia Families". 
  4. ^ Donald C. Hakenson (2002). This Forgotten Land. ISBN 0-914927-38-8. 
  5. ^ Madison, Robert. "Walking with Washington". Fairfax Yeaton House. 

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