The growing area in Lorton off Silverbrook Road welcomed two new restaurants in January as this Liberty Market area grows with the population in southern Fairfax County.
In January, local officials gathered to cut ribbons at Ledo Pizza, 9049 White Spruce Way, and Taco Rock, 9021 White Spruce Way. Supervisor Dan Storck traditionally looked at the Lorton area as a place that gets overlooked for modernization, so it’s grown recently with the addition of a community center, a library, hotels and Texas Donuts over near Silverbrook Road.
The Liberty Market area is an adaptive-reuse project on grounds that were formerly Lorton Reformatory. The Lidl grocery store opened here a few years ago, and in the near future there are plans for a wide variety of restaurants, retail, and service operators.
Former prison guard towers at each corner give the place some character. The property is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Former reformatory buildings are being used for a museum and apartments. It is described as a place “where historic character meets modern convenience,” their description reads. In addition, there are garage townhomes and single-family homes in the Liberty community.