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Gum Springs in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodlawn Methodist Church

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2019
1. Woodlawn Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  African Americans in Woodlawn, four miles southwest of here, established Woodlawn Methodist Episcopal Church ca. 1866. The Woodlawn area, formerly part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, was home to African Americans who had been free landowners before the Civil War, people recently emancipated from slavery, and northern Quakers who had arrived In the 1840s. The Methodist church, built on land purchased from Quakers, housed a Freedmen's Bureau school that became a public school by 1871. The congregation established a cemetery and in 1888 built a new sanctuary. When Fort Belvoir expanded during World War II, the church moved here to the historically black community of Gum Springs.
 
Erected 2017. (Marker Number E 146.)
 
Location. 38° 44.829′ N, 77° 4.898′ W. Marker is in Gum Springs, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fordson Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7730 Fordson Road, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gum Springs
Woodlawn Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2019
2. Woodlawn Methodist Church Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hybla Valley Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); US Route 1 Wall of Aviation (approx. half a mile away); Peake Family Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Huntley (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Huntley (approx. 1½ miles away); A View from the Beginning (approx. 1½ miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & Religion
 
St. John Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2019
3. St. John Baptist Church
In January 2014, St. John Baptist Church moved to this building that formerly housed Woodlawn Methodist Church.
Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2019
4. Cornerstone
Methodist Church
Erected
1866-1888-1941
St. John Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2019
5. St. John Baptist Church
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Woodlawn/Faith
United Methodist
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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