A plaque on the post reads:
"This post was originally placed here by George Washington under the direction of Lord Fairfax. It was erected in 1750 as a guidepost to direct strangers and travelers on the Old Dutch Wagon Road to Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax."Lord Fairfax (the 6th) was proprietor of a huge land grant in Virginia. He lived from 1693 to 1781. His residence is long gone but his name lives on in many place names in Virginia. You may have heard of him as the man who hired a young surveyor named George Washington to map his lands.