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Presidential Visit to Falls Church, 1911

 
 
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By Devry Jones, November 4, 2018
1. Presidential Visit to Falls Church, 1911 Marker
Inscription.  July 21, 1911 was the 50th anniversary of the 1861 Confederate victory at Bull Run (Manassas), the first major land battle of the Civil War. For the occasion President William Howard Taft left the White House with a four-car caravan to drive the same route taken 50 years earlier by Union troops and curious civilians expecting a quick Union victory. The first president with an automobile, on the way he stopped in Falls Church to visit the home of Dr. Tunis Cline Quick, a former schoolmate. From the front porch Taft greeted about 300 assembled local citizens with a few brief remarks:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we feel rather closely to you in Washington because in some way or other we feel as if you ought to be with us still, but Senator Martin and Representative Carlin have interfered and we have concluded to leave you with the Old Mother Virginia. We are on our way to Manassas. We were told that we should go through Falls Church, as it was a very pretty village... I thank you sincerely for coming out today. I appreciate very much your expression of Virginia hospitality."

The president sipped a glass of lemonade, and was presented
Presidential Visit to Falls Church, 1911 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, November 4, 2018
2. Presidential Visit to Falls Church, 1911 Marker
with a picture of the historic Falls Church (Episcopal). The caravan continued on to Manassas through heat, dust, and a sudden storm that caused flash flooding. His was the only car of the group to arrive, 2 hours late, for the 4 pm ceremony. The president returned to Washington by train.
 
Location. 38° 53.132′ N, 77° 9.884′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Washington Street (U.S. 29) and East Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on North Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 East Jefferson Street, Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearson's Funeral Home (here, next to this marker); East Falls Church Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); East Falls Church (approx. mile away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 9 (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Falls Church Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Columbia Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Star Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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