Near Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Walking in the Footsteps of History
When you walk along this stream, you are not alone. You walk in the footsteps of people from the past. Close your eyes and imagine. Listen for the footsteps of history.
Stream Valleys — Key to Survival
For Native American peoples stream valleys meant survival; they followed streams in search of food. Many of the trails you walk were established by these early inhabitants. They came to the stream valleys to gather nuts, berries and tubers. Fish and other animals were plentiful in stream valleys, so they were great places to hunt.
Water — a Powerful Resource
Stream valleys attracted early settlers and were critical to local economies. Streams supplied water for drinking and irrigation. Local settlers harnessed streams to power mills that reduced soapstone to talc, turned grain into flour or ground the bark needed to tan animal hides.
Stream Names Tell Tales
The names of Fairfax County's streams are a testament to history. Some refer to Native Americans who lived here, like Dogue Creek. Others refer to landscape features, like Horsepen Run. Yet others are family
Future Footsteps on the Trail
With these corridors throughout Fairfax County now protected as parkland, the tradition of people using stream valleys extends from the past into the future. Add your footsteps to this trail often.
Erected by Fairfax County Stewardship; Fairfax County Park Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 56.63′ N, 77° 17.547′ W. Marker is near Vienna, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail, 0.1 miles west of Squaw Valley Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9840 Squaw Valley Dr, Vienna VA 22182, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gardiner C. Means and Caroline F. Ware (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jeju Dolhareubang (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Cabin (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Means-Ware Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Metasequoia glyptostroboides (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Purpose of the Korean Bell GardenThe Bell of Peace and Harmony (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.