Lorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Historic landmarks in the surrounding area include Gunston Hall, George Mason’s home; Belvoir, which was William Fairfax’s home; the Market; and now the Fort Belvoir Army Corps of Engineers base and Cranford Church. Woodlawn Plantation and Mount Vernon, the latter being George Washington’s home on the Potomac River, lie farther to the east.
Considerable development has taken place in Lorton during the last few years. Gunston Plaza Shopping Center is in the center of Lorton along US Route 1. The plaza includes a post office, Virginia DMV service center, medical clinic, dry cleaner, small office building, Dollar Tree, Food Lion grocery, Rite Aid, Golds Gym, High’s, the former Polo Grill that now is a 24-hour IHOP, Vinny’s, Domino’s Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, SunTrust Bank, McDonald’s, senior citizens’ center, Mexican/Salvadoran restaurant, florist, computer store, and other small shops.
Several new businesses have opened in Lorton over the past few years. At the corner of Lorton Road and Lorton Market Street are Shoppers Food, Sentara Lorton Marketplace Emergency Care Center and Advanced Imaging Center, Tokyo One Japanese Steakhouse, Virginia ABC store, Quiznos, Glory Days, Bank of America, Baskin Robbins, barber, a Mexican restaurant, and other shops. Near the Lorton VRE commuter rail station on Lorton Station Boulevard are Wells Fargo, Subway, Fireside Grill, Pane e Vino, K&C Pharmacy, dry cleaner, Music&Arts, salon, Lasani Kabob, FedEx/Kinkos and other shops.