LITTLE RIVER TURNPIKE

Dublin Core

Title

LITTLE RIVER TURNPIKE

Date

Construction began in 1802

Description

“Little River Turnpike was constructed of gravel from Alexandria to the ford of Little River near present-day Aldie, Virginia. The road, almost 34 miles in length, was constructed using the labor from enslaved people, which involved clearing the proposed route of trees and vegetation, quarrying gravel, and crushing stone. Construction, which began in 1802 in Alexandria, was completed nine years later at Little River in 1811.” by Debbie Robison http://www.novahistory.org/LittleRiverTurnpike/LittleRiverTurnpike.html
Wages earned by enslaved workers traditionally went to their enslaver.

Notes: One of the tollgates was located at today’s intersection of Little River Turnpike and Ravensworth Road in Annandale.
Tolls varied by type - twenty cattle 12.5 cents; a horse 8 cents; 4 wheeled carriage 12.5 cents Source: A History of Roads in Fairfax County, Virginia 1608-1840 by Heather K. Crowl https://dra.american.edu/islandora/object/thesesdissertations%253A5581

Historical Marker
Text:
The earliest private turnpike charter in Virginia was granted by the General Assembly to the Company of the Fairfax and Loudoun Turnpike Road in 1796. By 1806 the 34-mile-long road connected Alexandria with Aldie on the Little River in Loudoun County. The company placed wooden tollhouses along the road at five-mile intervals, and one stood near here until 1954. The Little River Turnpike became a free road in 1896. In Fairfax County, only this portion of the road in Annandale retains its original name. www.hmdb.org

Type

Transportation

Coverage

Location: From Alexandria, across Fairfax County, to Loudoun County

District Mason, Braddock, Providence, Sully, and the City of Fairfax

Collection

Citation

“LITTLE RIVER TURNPIKE,” Fairfax County African American History Inventory, accessed April 19, 2024, https://fairfaxaahi.centerformasonslegacies.com/items/show/59.