The road history projects undertaken by the Virginia Transportation Research Council establish the feasibility of studies of early road networks and their use in the environmental review process. These projects, by gathering and publishing the early road orders of the vast parent counties and other significant areas, also lay the foundation for additional research by local groups over a broad area of Virginia.
This volume marks the 31st entry in the Historic Roads of Virginia series, initiated in 1973 by the Virginia Highway & Transportation Research Council (subsequently the Virginia Transportation Research Council). Fauquier County Road Orders 1784-1800 furthers the coverage of early northern Virginia transportation records begun in the previously published Fauquier County Road Orders 1759-1783, Loudoun County Road Orders 1783-1800, Loudoun County Road Orders 1757-1783, Fairfax County Road Orders 1749-1800, Frederick County Road Orders 1743-1772, Culpeper County Road Orders 1763-1764, and Orange County Road Orders 1734-1749.
This volume covers the period from just after the end of the Revolutionary War through the year 1800. By the last half of the 18th century, Fauquier County contained important east-west and north-south transportation routes. The county’s early transportation records provide important information relating to transportation connections with not only neighboring counties and other southern counties in Virginia, but also with what would become Washington, D.C.(established in 1790), the state of Maryland, and what is now West Virginia. This publication will have particular application to the cultural resource research relating to transportation projects in this area of northern Virginia. This information will eliminate the need for further research into the early Fauquier County road order records. If questions arise about early roads once a VDOT road improvement project is already underway (or nearly underway), primary historical research of this nature can take 6 to 12 months to complete. Therefore, this volume can be a source of potentially significant cost savings for VDOT, including the avoided costs of project delays and avoided consultant costs for cultural resource studies should questions arise.