About This Place
Lorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population is 27,709 as of the 2008 census estimate.
Lorton is named for a village in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in England, the hometown of Joseph Plaskett who settled in the area running a general store and opened the Lorton Valley, Virginia Post Office on November 11, 1875.
Before the identity of Lorton, the commercial center was Colchester and the spiritual and historical center of the community around which the leading citizens of the time revolved was Pohick Church.