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Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum. Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formaly established in 1833. West Ford, a former slave, founded the community after being freed by George Washington. Located close to the Mount Vernon Estate,the community was a sanctuary for freedmen and runaways. Samuel Taylor, a runnaway slave established the first institution in Gum Springs, The Bethlehem Baptist church. Assisted by Quakers, the first school was established at Bethlehem. The Gum Springs Historical Society And Museum was established to preserve and disseminate the history of the Gum Springs Community. Schedule:The Center is open from 6 PM To 8 PM, Monday - Friday. General information. Beach Trail is closed until May 8th to allow nearby nesting Osprey to become established. Also, Bay View Trail is open to the marshland boardwalk. The boardwalk is closed for repairs until May 22nd.

General Information Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., this Northern Virginia park offers many outdoor activities and programs. It has hiking trails, 3 miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a car-top canoe launch and a visitor center. Canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals are also available. Bird watching, especially for American bald eagles, and guided canoe trips of Kane's Creek and Belmont Bay are favorites with park visitors.

Hours 8 a.m. - dusk. Location The park is in southern Fairfax County, about 20 miles from Washington, D.C. Its address is 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079-4010; Latitude, 38.654365. Park Size 1,856 acres. Share this page Cabins, camping None - day-use park. Recreation Hiking, biking and self-guided trails.

None at this park. Other Info. Lake Accotink Park - Fairfax County, Virginia. Burke Lake Park - Fairfax County, Virginia. Map/Directions The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Please be aware that these times change throughout the year. The park gates are closed at sunset, and the park is closed at dark to all traffic: pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles. The park is closed on December 25. When bad weather strikes, the park may need to alter the normal operating schedule.

Call the Information Center, 703-323-6600, to determine the status during inclement weather. There is no charge for Fairfax County residents. Burke Lake Park welcomes large groups to enjoy its facilities. Planning ahead enables us to provide high quality customer service and allows your group to stay together. If your school group/day camp/large group plan to visit the park Monday - Friday, please complete and return this Request for Activities Form. The TRAIN runs on the 15 and 45 past the hour.

For facility hours of operation, visit: Rides, Classes and Events Ice Cream Parlor Mini-golf Welcome to Burke Lake Park No. The Fairfax County Courthouse - Fairfax County, Virginia. Courthouse Bicentennial April 2000 Fairfax County has had a county court and a county courthouse for 258 years. The first Fairfax courthouse was specified in the legislation creating the county in 1742 to be located "at a place call'd Spring Fields. " This location was most likely slightly south and west of the present-day Tyson's Corner (the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 123). Ten years later, in April 1752, in response to petitions from "many of the principal inhabitants of Fairfax County," it was ordered by the Governor and Council of Virginia that the Fairfax courthouse be moved to the town of Alexandria, which had agreed to build the county a new courthouse at its own expense.

It was in these two courthouses that "gentlemen justices" (men of property and social standing, such as George Washington and George Mason), who had been appointed by the Governor of Virginia, met to carry out all the business of the county. More Courthouse images. Sully Historic Site - Fairfax County, Virginia. Audio Transcript An oasis of the past, Sully reflects the history of Fairfax County. Completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, the main house at Sully combines aspects of Georgian and Federal architecture. Richard Bland Lee was Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress, as well as General Robert E. Lee's uncle. On the National Register for Historic Places, and accredited by the American Association of Museums, Sully also includes original outbuildings, representative slave quarter and gardens.

Antique Car Show Sunday, June 21 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. No reservations required. Reservations for Museum Education Programs for elementary aged children begin on August 1. Visitor Center/ Gift Shop: March - December, open everyday 11am - 4pm except Tuesdays and some holidays, check with the site. The visitor center is conveniently located at the site’s entrance, just off the main parking lot.

Lake Fairfax Park - Fairfax County, Virginia. 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive Reston, VA 20190 703-471-5414 Local Map/Directions Map of Lake Fairfax Park Aerial View Lake Fairfax Park Trails Map Hours of Operation: Lake Fairfax Park grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk. When bad weather strikes, the park may need to alter the normal operating schedule. Call the office to determine the status during inclement weather.

Winter Office Hours: Daily: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For recreation and fun in western Fairfax, this 476 acre park includes a 20-acre lake with fishing, the Water Mine family Swimmin’ Hole, boat rentals, carousel, athletic fields, picnic shelters and picnic areas with grills, a playground, restrooms, campgrounds, trails and a skatepark. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole features tubing on the Rattlesnake Lazy River, a tot pool at Tenderfoot Pond, slides, tunnels, and interactive play features designed for young children. Carousel and boat rentals are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park - Fairfax County, Virginia.

NOTICE: Park Access Not Impacted By Road Closure Beginning Monday, April 13 and continuing through September 1, 2015, Walney Road will be closed for construction between Westfields Boulevard and Mariah Court. This closure will not affect access to Walney Visitor Center, Cabell’s Mill, or Walney Pond within Ellanor C.

Lawrence Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority has coordinated with VDOT to ensure that visitors will have normal access to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park along Walney Road between Route 28 North and Poplar Tree Road. For more information please call the Walney Visitor Center at 703-631-0013. Audio Transcript Located in western Fairfax County, Ellanor C. Visitors will find a unique experience whether visiting to bird watch, hike, exercise, discover the natural and cultural history of the land, picnic, participate in organized sports, attend an educational program or just relax.

The park's grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. The park's 650 acres are home to: Park History. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Welcome to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Places - Manassas National Battlefield Park. Stone Bridge, March, 1862. Library of Congress The Stone Bridge The Fauquier and Alexandria Turnpike bridge over Bull Run, known simply as "the Stone Bridge," was originally built in 1825.

Its ability to carry traffic across the steep sided stream even at times of high water gave the Stone Bridge a key role in the Civil War. Both sides recognized its strategic importance. The first shots of the First Battle of Manassas, fired by Union artillery on the ridge to the east, flew over the bridge but there was little more than heavy skirmishing in its vicinity on July 21, 1861. The Stone Bridge served the needs of the Confederate Army through 1861. Union Army engineers eventually constructed a temporary wooden span across Bull Run using the remaining bridge abutments. By 1884, the Stone Bridge was fully rebuilt. W&OD Railroad - Main Page. Embankment Repair in Leesburg (Mile Marker 32 ½) For the next several weeks there will be on-going repair to the embankment along Tuscarora Creek near Lawson Road along the trail.

Please use the gravel detour in the construction area and use caution as you pass through the area. Please contact the W&OD Trail office at (703) 729-0596 if you have questions or have need of additional information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these repairs W&OD Trail Crossing Improvements Work will begin April 3, 2015 on the W&OD Trail Crossings at the intersections with Van Buren St., Grace St., Ferndale Ave. and Crestview Dr.

Work. Work at the Crestview Dr. and Van Buren St. crossings will include the addition of medians to provide a pedestrian refuge area at the mid-point of the roadway crossing, improved signage for both trail users and roadway vehicles, and lane narrowing on southbound Crestview Dr. W&OD Trail Announces Extended Hours April 11th 2014 Stakeholders Workshop Report. Great Falls Park. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Pope-Leighey House - Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House. We are excited to announce the arrival of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by Steven M. Reiss in September 2014! More information on the book here. Pope-Leighey Coloring Book Now Available! The Pope-Leighey House Coloring Book, created by our very own tour guides, is for sale in our gift shop for $10. You can also call us at 703-780-4000 to order over the phone and have it shipped to you. Pope-Leighey House History During the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright set his formidable attention towards designing affordable middle-class residences.

Pope-Leighey House Major Preservation WorkIn the past few years, preservation work at the Pope-Leighey House has been focused on the exterior cypress. Historic Green Spring - Fairfax County, Virginia. The historic house, set amid the gardens at Green Spring, was built in 1784. Visitors can enjoy changing art exhibits, enjoy tea with a tour or presentation, and visit our unique Museum Shop. The house is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-7987. A Brief History In 1784, John Moss built a brick house on 540 acres of farmland in Alexandria. The reclaimed tobacco fields that Moss and his family cultivated produced corn, wheat, oats and rye and supported cattle and pigs until 1843 when Moss' grandson Alfred, sold the farm.

The next long-term owner, Fountain Beattie, rode with his friend Col. In 1942, Michael and Belinda Straight purchased the house and 33 acres surrounding it. After 30 years of living on what had become an island of undeveloped land, the Straights deeded their house and 16 acres to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1970. Pohick Church History. Free Admission, Self-Guided Tours, 9 am - 4:30 pm Daily Docents Available for Groups after Sunday Services, on the First Saturday of the Month at 1 pm, or by Appt: Join the Historic Pohick Church Foundation! Rightly called "the Mother Church of Northern Virginia," Pohick was the first permanent church in the colony to be established north of the Occoquan River, sometime prior to 1724.

Originally called "the Occoquan Church," it was soon referred to as "Pohick Church" because of its proximity to Pohick Creek. George Washington's map of the area locates this long-lost wooden edifice near a site now occupied by Cranford Methodist Church. The only artifact surviving from this period is the baptismal font, which experts from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford identified as a large Medieval mortar.

Likely dating from the eleventh or twelfth centuries, its large size suggests that it was taken from a monastery kitchen in England. There. Unfortunately, the Rev. Historic Vienna, Inc. » Freeman Store. Colvin Run Mill - Fairfax County, Virginia. Audio Transcript What goes around comes around. And Colvin Run Mill, going around for over 200 years, has come around to its glory days. After several months of repairs and restoration, the historic mill is grinding again this spring. The Restoration Celebration took place on April 19, 2015. View Event Photos Come take a turn around the mill. Venture out of your car for a leisurely afternoon enjoying the simple past-times common in the early 19th century. Highlight your visit with a tour of the restored mill - a water-powered technological marvel built c.1811.

Tours can be customized for each group from interactive flip books to engage the youngest visitors to in-depth historical and engineering information to pique even the most enthusiastic history buff and engineering fan's interest. Colvin Run Mill has a full inventory of ground grain products! Grinding demonstrations are offered the 1st and 3rd Sundays, April through October, noon-3pm. Huntley Meadows Park - Fairfax County, Virginia. Welcome to Huntley Meadows Park Audio Transcript Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural and historical island of over 1,500 acres in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. It harbors a nationally significant historic house, majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life. Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons.

Whether you come to hike, wildlife watch or simply to relax, Huntley Meadows Park will provide you with a premiere nature experience. Park grounds open dawn to dusk. Please note that hours change seasonally for the VISITOR CENTER and GIFT SHOP: December 1 through February 28 11am-4pm all week (closed Tuesdays) Exception: Holiday Hours April 16 through June 30 9am-5pm all week (closed Tuesdays) Exception: Holiday Hours History.

Home - Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck. Bald Eagles American Bald Eagle At the time of the refuge's establishment in 1969, the number of nesting bald eagles pairs had plummeted to less than 500 in the lower 48 states. Wildlife & Habitat About the Complex Potomac River NWR Complex In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex. Learn more about the complex Around the Refuge Elizabeth Hartwell In the early 1960’s a developer sought out land on Mason Neck to build a planned community and airport.

Learn more Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge - Bill Wallen. Last Updated: May 04, 2015 Events. Frying Pan Farm Park - Fairfax County, Virginia. Gristmill · George Washington's Mount Vernon. 1771. Gunston Hall Home. Woodlawn - Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House. George Washington's Mount Vernon.