The Virginia Historical Highway Marker Program is the oldest such program in the nation, beginning in 1927. More than 2,200 markers, with texts of black lettering against a silver background and a distinctive shape, are erected in Virginia to commemorate people, places, or events of regional, statewide or national significance Virginia Department of Historic Resources manages the highway markers. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) retains primary responsibility for installing new markers and maintaining existing ones. Over fifty of these historical markers commemorate people, places, or events of regional, statewide or national significance in Fairfax County.
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