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Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Star Tavern

 
 
Front Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
1. Front Side of Marker
Inscription. (Front Side of Marker): After no luck in western goldmines Walter H. Erwin in 1852 bought two acres for $100 (part of 1729 248-acre Trammel grant). Built frame tavern on this site which became a landmark on Leesburg Pike. 1861 sketch shows it with a verandah and green glass star atop a pole. After war, the Independent Order of Grand Templars held their temperance meetings in the tavern. Inn was used for many purposes as successively remodeled. It served as community post office until the 1870s and as grocery store in 1910. Building replaced by Falls Church Bank in 1924 and then by the George Mason Square in 1984.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, City of Falls Church marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.936′ N, 77° 10.282′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street (State Highway 7) and Washington Street (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling east on West Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); New York Memorial Stone at Falls Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a
Back Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
2. Back Side of Marker
The "star" is seen prominently at the front of the tavern in the drawing.
direct line); To the Glory of God and in Honor of George Washington (about 500 feet away); James Wren (about 500 feet away); The Falls Church (about 500 feet away); Henry Fairfax (about 500 feet away); Columbia Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Falls Church (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Falls Church.
 
More about this marker. The back side of the marker a drawing of the tavern from the Civil War showing soldiers and civilians passing on horseback.
 
Also see . . .  Falls Church Bank at the Crossroads. From Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society. (Submitted on October 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Intersection of Broad and Washington image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
3. Intersection of Broad and Washington
The buildings change, and people drive cars by instead of riding horses, but the heavy traffic along the Pike remains.
Star Tavern - 1861 Sketch image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2014
4. Star Tavern - 1861 Sketch
Close-up of image on marker
Detail of 1861 Sketch image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2014
5. Detail of 1861 Sketch
Showing the verandah and the star.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,080 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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