Timeline of Fairfax County History pt1

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Sunday, November 01, 1693
Thomas Fairfax, 6th Baron of Cameron, born at Leeds Castle, Kent, England
Wednesday, June 16, 1700
Piscataway Indians attack home of Thomas Barton on Dogue Run, killing eight
Friday, December 21, 1725
George Mason IV of Gunston Hall born
Wednesday, May 03, 1730
Prince William County formed from the Counties of Stafford and King George
Monday, November 17, 1732
Vestry of Truro Parish holds first meeting
Thursday, March 26, 1733
Truro Parish Vestry agrees to build the Falls Church
Tuesday, June 19, 1742
General Assembly of Virginia authorizes the formation of Fairfax County from Prince William County
Sunday, December 16, 1742
First court convenes in Fairfax County near current day Tysons Corner
Friday, April 16, 1745
British Privy Court grants clear title to the Northern Neck Propriety to Thomas Fairfax, Sixth Baron of Cameron
Sunday, May 11, 1749
Town of Alexandria Established
Wednesday, June 11, 1749
Cameron Parish formed in western Fairfax County (present day Loudoun County)
July 20, 1749
George Washington, aged 17, is granted a surveyor’s commission for Culpeper County from the College of William and Mary
September 29, 1749
Fairfax County court orders that a seal be provided for the county and that John Colvill, John Carlyle and George Mason consider the request and have it paid for with county funds. [Note: This is the first and only mention of a seal in the county’s court records.]
Tuesday, April 25, 1752
Fairfax County Court moves from Tyson Corner area to Town of Alexandria
Tuesday, November 27, 1753
Town of Colchester established on the Occoquan River
Saturday, April 12, 1755
Gen. Edward Braddock departs Alexandria upon his ill-fated expedition against the French
Saturday, September 03, 1757
William Fairfax dies at his home "Belvoir"
Saturday, January 06, 1759
George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis
Wednesday, February 12, 1772
Town of Philee established on the land of Phillip Ludwell Lee near Great Falls
Thursday, July 14, 1774
George Washington and Charles Broadwater selected as delegates to the first Virginia Convention
Monday, July 18, 1774
“Fairfax Resolves” written by George Mason, presented at Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria, Va.
Wednesday, September 21, 1774
Fairfax Independent Company of Volunteers formed
Thursday, June 15, 1775
George Washington appointed commander of the Continental Army.
Wednesday, June 12, 1776
Virginia Declaration of Rights, authored by George Mason, adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia.
July 5, 1776
The seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia is adopted. George Mason of Gunston Hall is part of the four-man design committee.
Saturday, June 29, 1776
Constitution of Virginia, authored by George Mason, adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia.
Tuesday, May 17, 1785
Patowmack Canal Co. Organized. George Washington is first President.
July 23, 1788
A hurricane strikes northern Virginia. It becomes known as ‘George Washington’s Hurricane,’ because George Washington recorded its effects in his journal
Monday, December 20, 1790
Town of Matildaville Established at Great Falls
Sunday, September 30, 1792
Thomas Jefferson is the last official visitor to Gunston Hall before the death of George Mason
Monday, November 12, 1792
Town of Centreville Established by Act of the Virginia General Assembly
Monday, December 31, 1798
Town of South Haven by Act of the Virginia General Assembly established on the land of John Mason on the Patowmack River
Monday, December 31, 1798
Town of Turberville established by Act of the Virginia General Assembly on the land of John Turberville near the Little Falls of the Patowmack
Saturday, December 14, 1799
George Washington dies at his home, "Mount Vernon"

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