Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Story of Big Chimneys
The original cabin was made of logs in the Scotch-Irish style, with a back door directly opposite the front door to allow cows to be brought in through the front for milking and then taken out back. The cabin was built near the intersection of early footpaths which became busy roads during the colonial era. The cabin, newly expanded, became an inn, or "ordinary," in the early 1800's to serve travelers plying these roads.
Big Chimneys' central location was a day's horseback ride from regional river crossings and early settlements. When the Church of England established a church to serve early residents in the 1730's, it did so a few hundred yards east of Big Chimneys, the site on which the Falls Church still stands. The village which later grew
Big Chimneys was torn down by 1914.
Just beyond this sign is the footprint of the cabin, recreated to scale by the Boy Scouts of America Troops 681 for the 1999 Tricentennial.
Erected by City of Falls Church.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 52.961′ N, 77° 10.47′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Annandale Road and Gundry Drive, on the right when traveling east on Annandale Road. Located in Big Chimneys City Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Big Chimneys (a few steps from this marker); Virginia Training School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rolling Roads (about 700 feet away); Henderson House (about 700 feet away); Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Star Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Falls Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Falls Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is "The only known photograph of Big Chimneys taken around the turn of the century."
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,055 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.