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Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Big Chimneys

 
 
Big Chimneys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 16, 2007
1. Big Chimneys Marker
Inscription. Large log house named for its two huge chimneys. One datestone was inscribed 1699, the traditional date quoted for the community's founding. First recorded owner of site is Henry Gunnell (1773 22.75 acre grant). James Gordon, owner 1803-1836, had license for an inn. Thompsons owned cabin from 1845-1868 and Lynchs from 1868, until it was torn down about 1908. At that time cabin was about 25x55 feet with 3 chimneys, 4 rooms on ground floor and 3 rooms above. Foundation stones were dug up in 1972 at a site believed located near the intersection of the tobacco rolling roads in the 1700s.
 
Erected by City of Falls Church.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, City of Falls Church marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.97′ N, 77° 10.473′ 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. Touch for map. Located at the north entrance to Big Chimneys City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Story of Big Chimneys (a few steps from this marker); Virginia Training School
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 16, 2007
2. Back of Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henderson House (about 800 feet away); Rolling Roads (about 800 feet away); Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hangman's Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Star Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Falls Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
 
More about this marker. The back of the marker has a drawing of the cabin.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Big Chimneys image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 16, 2007
3. Big Chimneys
From the entrance to the city park, a log foundation "footprint" simulates the original stone foundation of the house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,130 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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