How cool is this? It’s a really, really old advertisement from the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis, printed on May 1st, 1760. It’s an ad for a large tract of land for rent in Fairfax, about 40 miles northwest of Alexandria. The route between Alexandria and Winchester is primarily Route 7, better known as Leesburg Pike (though not named that back then).
According to this record that we dug up on Ancestry.com, Thomas Brooke was born some time around 1721 and died around 1768.