East Falls Church in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
East Falls Church
In 1859, the Alexandria, Loudoun, and Hampshire Railroad (later owned by the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad) completed the line from Alexandria to Leesburg with a station on the western edge of Falls Church. In the 1870s, the Washington and Ohio Railroad, the subsequent owners, constructed the East Falls Church station. The railroad provided access to the District of Columbia while insulating the community from the urban lower classes who could not afford the cost of commuting. One upper class residence, the Eastman-Fenwick House, was built in 1876 and is among several still standing in East Falls Church.
East Falls Church experienced another burst of development with the arrival of the Washington,
In the 1930s, citizens of East Falls Church petitioned the courts for exclusion from the corporate limits of Falls Church and to be considered only a part of Arlington County. Falls Church officials protested, claiming the town would lose sixty percent of its business district, thirty percent of its land, and twenty percent of its population. In 1936, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of the citizens of East Falls Church, and the resultant separation created a new sense of eastward expansion towards Arlington. An influx of federal employees in the 1930s led to the subdivision of the remaining rural farmland between East Falls Church and the rest of Arlington.
A dramatic change to East Falls Church occurred
For additional information, visit the Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association's website.
Erected by Arlington, Virginia.
Location. 38° 53.212′ N, 77° 9.661′ W. Marker is in East Falls Church, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfax Drive (County Route 237) and Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north on Fairfax Drive. Touch for map. Located beside the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. East Falls Church Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); SW No. 9 Mile Marker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crossman House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brandymore Castle (approx. half a mile away); Presbyterian Church Jefferson Institute (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Birch House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Columbia Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Assocition. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.