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Lorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. The population was 18,610 as of the 2010 census. Northern Virginia, where Lorton is located, is among the most diverse, highly educated and fiscally sound regions in the nation, representing 1.8 million people in 1,300 square miles. The Northern Virginia economy is outpacing the nation, and the region is home to a myriad of successful corporations and nonprofit organizations. Jurisdictions in Northern Virginia: City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Prince William County.
Lorton is named after a village in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in England, the hometown of Joseph Plaskett who settled in the area running a general store and opened the Lorton Valley, Virginia Post Office on November 11, 1875.
From the early 20th century until November 2001, Lorton was the site of a District of Columbia correctional facility called the Lorton Reformatory which, among other things, detained approximately 168 women from the women's suffrage movement from the Washington, D.C. area from June to December 1917
To the north is the Historic Port City of Alexandria, Virginia and several landmarks connected with the life of George Washington including Mount Vernon. Its southern border is the Occoquan River with Historic Old Town Occoquan. To the east, a peninsula known as Mason Neck defines Pohick Bay on the north and Belmont Bay on the south where the tidal Occoquan merges with the tidal Potomac as it meanders over to the Chesapeake Bay. To the west, South Run Park and Ox Road roughly define the community beyond which an extensive wooded horse farm area separates Lorton. Three highways pass through the Lorton community crossing the Occoquan River. US-1 and I-95 connect Alexandria and Washington, D.C. and Virginia Route 123 or Ox Road connect the Town of Occoquan.
Lorton, Virginia, gets 36 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 16 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 83.
On average, there are 198 sunny days per year in Lorton, Virginia. The July high is around 88 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
From your average supermarket to local specialty thrift stores, Lorton has everything you need to keep you entertained, busy, and more. They even have their very own specialty bead shop, which by the way, is not only awesome, but an incredibly unique addition to the local economy, culture, and their very way of life.
Lorton's Attic – 9506 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 339-8611
Off the Beading Path – 310 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125 – (703) 492-2323
Lorton Music – 8961 Ox Rd #110, Lorton, VA 22079 in the Shoppes of Lorton Valley – (703) 690-0006
Glory Be – 305 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125 – (703) 490-1441
If the unique shopping experience doesn’t sweep you off your feet, perhaps the local cuisine will. Few places in this country can offer a dining experience quite like Lorton!
Bistro L'Hermitage – 12724 Occoquan Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192 – (703) 499-9550
Fireside Grill – 9000 Lorton Station Blvd # N, Lorton, VA 22079 located in the Lorton Station Town Center – (703) 372-1923
Tokyo One – 9443 Lorton Market St, Lorton, VA 22079 situated in the Lorton Station Marketplace – (703) 372-1599
ThaiBox – 7200 Telegraph Square Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 550-1235
The good eats don’t end there. When you’re hankering for a night on the town that you won't soon forget, Lorton’s unique selection of underground eats provide the perfect settings for gathering your friends with meat on the grill, boots on the dance floor, and another round of cold ones for all.
Glory Days Grill – 9459 Lorton Market St, Lorton, VA 22079 located in the Lorton Station Marketplace – (703) 372-1770
Down Under Tavern – 301 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125 – (703) 490-0904
Panorama Productions Night Club – 1424 K St NW #102, Washington, DC 20005 – (202) 503-3600
Ultrabar – 911 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 – (202) 638-4663
Lorton is part of the Fairfax Public School System. There are six elementary schools to serve Lorton residents, Gunston Elementary, Lorton Station, Silverbrook, Laurel Hill, and Halley. Hayfield Secondary School used to be the only public high school for Lorton area students, but they may now alternatively attend South County Secondary School.
Fairfax County Public Library operates the Lorton Library in the CDP.
Gunston Elementary School – 10100 Gunston Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 541-3600
Lorton Station Elementary School – 9298 Lewis Chapel Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 – (571) 642-6000
Silverbrook Elementary School – 9350 Crosspointe Dr, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 – (703) 690-5100
Laurel Hill Elementary School – 8390 Laurel Crest Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 551-5300
Being so close to Washinton, D.C., the capital of this country, Lorton is host to several landmarks rich in history that the local residents work hard to preserve for all to see.
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge – High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 490-4979
Mason Neck State Park – 7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 339-2385
Pohick Bay Regional Park – 6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 – (703) 339-6104
Huntley Meadows Park – 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306 – (703) 768-2525
Lorton is easy to miss if you’re passing right through, but if you have a keen eye for history, and if you’re interested in seeing the bits and pieces that made this country into the great nation it is today, then Lorton, Virginia is not a place you’re going to want to pass up!
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