Fort Belvoir’s history goes back to the founding of Fairfax County, the settling of Virginia and the beginning of our nation’s history. The 8,656-acre tract along the Potomac River which makes up Fort Belvoir was once part of a land grant from a 17th century English king. For the next 100 years Fort Belvoir lands passed from Lord Fairfax’s family through a series of other sales and eventually in 1912 led to the acquisition of the property by the War Department.
Fast forward to today and you find a thriving military and civilian community that is a significant presence in Fairfax County. Most people think of Fort Belvoir as a huge Army base which is true but it is also home to over 100 organizations including the Army, US Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Department of Defense and Department of the Treasury among others. Within the 8,656 acres that make up Fort Belvoir you will find an 1,360 acre wildlife refugee, 142 miles of roads, 1,275 buildings and 22,154 working military and civilian personnel.
Many recent improvements to the roads, housing, shopping and recreation are clearly evident to anyone who takes a tour inside the gates of Fort Belvoir. When you first arrive at Fort Belvoir’s Tulley Gate (where you will need to register your car) and head into the base you will be surprised to find a Town Center something that is a first on any Army installation. Designed to mimic an urban town center the same as what military personnel would find in many of the surrounding communities the town center features the offices of the residential community director, a Starbucks, a Rent-A Center store, a day spa, restaurants and residential units located above the stores.
The new state of the art hospital Fort Belvoir Community Hospital features 1.2 million square feet of space and has the facilities to support all of the new technologies needed for a leading medical facility. In addition to support our wounded troops and their families Fort Belvoir has a Warriors in Transition Unit, Fisher House and a new state of the art USO.
That’s a quick tour of a few new and exciting changes happening at Fort Belvoir. There is a lot to see and do when you get here both in and outside the gates. If you have orders to head to Fort Belvoir this year give me a call. I’ll be glad to help you with all of your questions about the area and help you find a place to call home while you are here.
Fort Belvoir Website