Henderson House (Dumfries, Virginia)

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Coordinates: 38°34′04″N 77°19′44″W / 38.5677°N 77.3289°W / 38.5677; -77.3289

Henderson House
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General information
TypeBrick house
Location3904 Fairfax Street
Dumfries, Virginia
Construction startedLate 18th century[1]
Governing bodyPrivately owned
Technical details
Floor count2

The Henderson House is a historic U.S. home located in Dumfries, Virginia. Alexander Henderson built this home in the late 18th century near the Old Post Road (King's Highway).[2] Alexander Henderson was the father of Archibald Henderson, fifth Commandant of the Marine Corps. During the American Revolutionary War, the Henderson's entertained many important officers and men in this house.[3] During the American Civil War, both the Confederate and the Union armies used the house as a hospital depending on which occupied the area.[4] A cannonball struck the house during the American Civil War and remained lodged in the west wall for about 100 years until a souvenir hunter stole it the 1960s.[5]


Henderson lived in this house until his death and the house was sold in 1817 shortly after the death of his wife Sally.[6]


  1. ^ Marine Corps Museums, "Henderson House: The Home of Alexander Henderson" (Quantico, VA, 1968), p. 1.
  2. ^ Home of Alexander Henderson, p. 3. Note: street names changed over the years.
  3. ^ Home of Alexander Henderson, p. 6.
  4. ^ Carlon, Katharine, "History to some, home to others", p. A11.
  5. ^ Home of Alexander Henderson, p. 7.
  6. ^ Home of Alexander Henderson, pp. 3 and 4.

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