During the Revolutionary War, George Washington had a road constructed to be used by “baggage wagons” extending from Georgetown to Dumfries through what is now known as Montclair. Called “Dyers Road,” this road is located behind the Alexander Henderson Elementary School site.
In 1787 Alexander Henderson, a merchant and personal friend of George Washington, moved his family to Dumfries. The house in which the family lived still stands just behind the site of the County Court House in the town. Having opened other stores in Alexandria, Colchester, and Occoquan after the Dumfries store proved successful, Henderson has been called the “father of the American chain store.” * He served as Prince William County representative in the Virginia General Assembly in 1789-1790. Henderson’s fourth son, Archibald, served as Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1820-1859, a record 39 years. Alexander Henderson and his wife Sarah Moore Henderson, who died in 1815 and 1816, respectively, are buried in Montclair; their hilltop gravesite overlooks the Lake Montclair dam.
When you recall your hometown, you are bound to think of tree-lined streets, blooming flowers, ample yards, parks for playing and friendly neighbors. For the nostalgic feeling that brings you home, there is no place like the Prince William County neighborhood of Montclair.
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Please check out the CNN Money article, here, for the complete story. Photo credited to former Communications Manager, Leya Perrine, taken during Montclair Day 2010.
By March of 1862, the 750 Confederate States of America soldiers had spent about six months at their winter camp, Camp Fisher, in what is now Montclair, Virginia. Many had fought the previous July in the Battle of First Manassas; some would continue fighting all the way to Gettysburg. But on March 8, 150 years ago this week, the Civil War left Montclair. Overnight the troops were given orders to fall back to Fredericksburg; the South feared Richmond, their capital, may be at risk. The camps were burned and the batteries abandoned. Artillery pieces that could not be removed quickly were spiked or otherwise destroyed. Two of these cannons were recovered in the 1960s and are on display at the Quantico Marine Corps Museum on Jefferson Davis Highway (Rte. 1) in Triangle, Virginia.