Great Falls in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Constructed alongside the Georgetown Pike in 1889, the school consisted of one room until 1911 when a second building, the Floris Elementary School, was added to the original. After 1922, the structure was successively used as a residence, realty office, bank, and public library. During the 1950s, the building was purchased and used by members of the nearby Grange whose social events, carnivals and benefits supported the interests of area farmers and local residents.
In 1959, the Great Falls Post Office was located in the oldest section of the two-building site. Twenty years later, as postal services expanded throughout the simple, white-frame schoolhouse, a new post office was constructed within walking distance on Walker Road.
Acquired by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1983, the schoolhouse stands as a reminder of Great Fallsí rural and historic past.
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority, Division of Historic Preservation.
Location. 38° 59.834′ N, 77° 17.111′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route Touch for map. Located on the grounds of Great Falls Grange Park. Marker is in this post office area: Great Falls VA 22066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Statement (The Bell) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Patowmack Canal (approx. 1.7 miles away); People and the Potomac (approx. 1.7 miles away); River of Change (approx. 1.7 miles away); A Globally Rare Environment (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Patowmack Canal (approx. 1.8 miles away); Olmsted Island (approx. 1.8 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
More about this marker. A photograph on the marker carries the caption, “Forestville School, August 22, 1920. Photograph from Great Falls Historical Society Collection.”
Also see . . .
1. Great Falls Historical Society. The site includes a set of pictures of the school house in earlier times. (Submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Forestville Elementary School. A school further to the west near Great Falls Nike Park carries on (Submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Education • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,404 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.