0.225 miles southwest of the southern end of Oxon Cove Bridge and about 120 feet east of the Potomac River. Oxon Cove Bridge is the bridge that I-295 crosses just north of the intersection with I-495. You can reach this stone on foot by following the partially-paved path that leads to Oxon Hill Farm from either D.C. Village Lane in Washington or the intersection of Oxon Run Drive and Audrey Lane in Maryland. Leave the path when it turns away from Oxon Cove; then follow the Oxon Cove shoreline to the base of Oxon Cove Bridge, where you must cross underneath I-295 to get to the Potomac River. From the endpoint of the large rocks that surround the base of the bridge, follow the Potomac shoreline about 1,000 feet southwest until you are just past due west of the Masonic Memorial (across the river) and the bridge is no longer visible behind you. If you are on a small sandy beach with car tires and debris, you are in the right place. The stone is 120 feet to the east in the forest at the foot of a hill. From the shoreline, it is just possible to make out the fence protecting the stone, although less so in spring and summer. View the walking route from Audrey Lane.
The terrain along this
route is marshy and occasionally rough, so it may be much simpler to
access the stone by car. Park on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes
of I-295 near the "Maryland Welcomes You" sign and walk west into the forest
to a fence. Follow the fence several dozen feet north
to reach a small hole. Enter the hole and walk west through the forest.
Depending on your route, you may cross an empty field that once was a
staging area for the construction of the highway. Continue west to a very steep
hill (actually an earthen dam created to protect the highway from flooding),
climb the hill, and walk north along the top of the hill. The stone
will appear at the bottom of the hill on the west side after a short walk.
As documented by Woodward, this stone once was next to the Potomac
River at Fox Ferry Point, the terminus of an 1800s ferry line from
the foot of King Street in Alexandria to Maryland. During the early
1950s and again in 1969, the stone was moved some distance northeast
of Fox Ferry Point to save it from
being damaged by the tides of the river. The National Register of
Historic Places incorrectly states that the stone is east of
Shepherd Parkway, when, in fact, it is west and
nearly a mile south of the end of Shepherd Parkway.
Zoom to street map.