Rich in military history, Quantico is the only town in the U.S. that is completely surrounded by a Marine Corps Base. Quantico's military tradition dates back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, when the area was used by Virginia Naval elements. The area also spent time as a resort community called "Potomac". The town itself was incorporated in 1872, taking its name from a Douge Indian word meaning “by the large stream”. Today it is home to a notable Marine Corps Base, established in 1917.
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