History

A Plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potmk. R. G.W. 1766.

Much of the land in the watershed was once owned and farmed by General George Washington. The original land grant from Lord Culpeper to George Washington's great-grandfather, John Washington, and to Nicolas Spencer, was for 5,000 acres on or near Little Hunting Creek. In fact, the original name for his estate was the "Little Hunting Creek Plantation," changed in the 1750s to "Mount Vernon."

George Washington drew A Plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potmk. R. in 1766. This and other colonial-era maps of Little Hunting Creek and environs can be seen in beautiful detail on the Library of Congress website.

Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1), which crosses Little Hunting Creek, is one of the oldest roads in the country and was once known as the Potomac Path, connecting the southestern part of Fairfax County with Fredericksburg, Maryland.