Lorton is found in the Fairfax County of Virginia and holds the status of a census designated place. It has an area of 5.4 square miles, of which 5.3 square miles is land, which is quite small. It is surrounded by Laurel Hill, Mason Neck, Newington and Woodbridge.
The name Lorton was derived from the Lorton Valley Post Office, which was opened by Joseph Plaskett. Before it was named Lorton, it was known for its commercial center called Colchester. There was a spiritual and historical center known as the Pohick Church, where George Washington served as a member of the Vestry.
According to the 2010 census, the population of Lorton was 18,610. Data USA, which provides more recent statistics, shows that the population was 19,722 by the year 2015. The median age according to Data USA in 2015 was 35.3 years. Additionally, 85% of the population is made up of US citizens, which is an increase from the previous year’s 81.6%.
11,005 out of the total population of 19,722 are employed and the poverty rate in Lorton is at 4.15%. The median household income in Lorton was $96,481 while the median property value as at 2015 was $383,900.
Gunston Hall is one of the interesting places to visit and learn about George Mason. Not only will a visit here help you learn about its history, the experience will be exactly like it was in the olden days. The grounds can be used for weddings, and there is a visitor center and a river nearby, which add to the glamour of the site.
The Mason Neck Park is another interesting place that is surrounded by three water bodies. Hikers have nine trails that vary in difficulty to choose from. It also has a picnic area and a playground, making it a family-friendly place to spend the day with loved ones.
Art lovers can visit the Aim Gallery for an amazing treat from different artists that come together to create an educational experience for visitors.
The Comfort Inn is a lovely place for accommodation, and will provide travelers with a cosy place to rest after a long day of visiting all the interesting places around Lorton. In fact, it is located just a few minutes away from the Fort Belvoir Army Base. It has lots of amenities, such as an exercise room, outdoor pool, and high speed internet among others. It is both group- and pet-friendly.
Other interesting places in Fairfax County that you can visit include Merrifield, which you can read about here.