Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dairy Barn Complex
Why was Davis so pessimistic? As he wrote, Blenheim owner Marguerite “Daisy” Duras’s diary cows were setting production records. Just seven years earlier in 1939, her Uncle Harry P. Willcoxon’s dairies were lauded for bringing “Fairfax milk into favorable notice in city markets.” Grandfather Alfred Willcoxon helped found the Central [Fairfax] Farmers Club; he grew corn, hay, wheat, and oats as one of Fairfax’s principal farmers.
But suburbia came swiftly to Fairfax. World War II’s population boom doomed Fairfax’s agricultural economy. “Having decided to discontinue the dairy business,” Duras and her daughter Barbara advertised an auction of “Dairy Cows, Dairy Equipment and Machinery” in September 1948. Three months later, The Fairfax Herald advertised corn for sale at the “former Willcoxon Farm.”
Rezoning Blenheim to suburban residential use began by 1953. By the end of the decade, the process transformed the Willcoxon Farm into today’s neighboring suburbs.
Location. 38° 51.322′ N, 77° 17.58′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker can be reached Click for map. The marker is located at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Blenheim (within shouting distance of this marker); Blenheim House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Fairfax Elementary School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Baptismal Area (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pozer Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away); Draper House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph captioned:
Mural: A large crowd gathered for the Farm Sale on September 25, 1948 at the dairy barn complex, which also included a calf house and granary. The large frame barn built in the 1920s featured two cupolas and a glazed tile silo. The Civil War Interpretive Center now stands behind the former dairy barn complex. The farmyard area once included a machinery and hay shed, horse barn, and cow shed.
City of Fairfax Historic Collections.
Left:The Blenheim dairy barn had 50 stanchions for milking the Willcoxon’s Holstein and Guernsey diary cows.
City of Fairfax Historic Collections
In the center of the marker is a copy of a public sale notice captioned:
Inset: Similar advertisements to the Willcoxon Farm Sale filled pages of the The Fairfax Herald during the late 1940s.
Fairfax County Public Library Historical Newspaper Archives.
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. (Submitted on December 25, 2009.)
2. Historic Blenheim & Civil War Interpretive Center. (Submitted on December 25, 2009.)
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