COLCHESTER Colchester , Founded In 1753 At The Location Of A Ferry Crossing , Wa ...
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Description: COLCHESTER Colchester , founded in 1753 at the location of a ferry crossing , was the second town established in Fairfax County . Located on the main post road from Boston to Charleston , and at the end of the Ox Road leading west to the Blue Ridge , the town prospered as a trading center and tobacco port . In 1781 , Gen . Washington and Comte de Rochambeau passed through Colchester en route to Yorktown . The creation of an alternate postal route over a new bridge upstream in 1805 ; the diversion of grain shipping from the Shenandoah Valley to Georgetown , Alexandria , and Baltimore ; and , according to tradition , a great fire in 1815 contributed to the towns decline . Department of Historic Resources , 1999