Looking Ahead… FRLP believes that investing in improvements to the safety and capacity of the local transportation network and attracting new businesses to the over 250 acres of undeveloped land in and adjacent to the Happy Creek Technology Park are vital to improving quality of life and maintaining the level of services that residents have come to expect.
Community Planning & Economic Development Resources
Community Planning Resources
“The power to create implies the power to preserve.... That the power to tax involves the power to destroy; that the power to destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create..." - John Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice - 1801-1835.
Marshall Family Heritage & Happy Creek Historical Site
John Marshall was born in Fauquier County, the eldest of fifteen siblings, and grew up near present day Markham. After the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, John joined the Continental Army, serving in numerous battles.* His father became Colonel of the 3rd Virginia, while his brother, James Markham Marshall, served in the 1st Virginia under Alexander Hamilton. After the war, John was elected to the House of Delegates and played a major role in Virginia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 1788.
In 1797, at the request of President John Adams, Marshall and two other diplomat's traveled to France to help bring an end to attacks on American shipping. In what became known as the ‘XYZ affair’, the French demanded bribes and a loan before formal negotiations could begin. Although not uncommon in European diplomatic relations at the time, the American's were offended by the demands and left France without ever engaging in formal negotiations.
President Adams would appoint John James Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1801. He remains the longest serving Chief Justice in history and is considered one of the most influential justices to ever sit on the Court.
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