Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Falls Church Home Front
Cherry Hill Farm in the Civil War
The Blaisdells, like most families in town, felt the effects of both Confederate and Union occupation. Confederate forces occupied the village after their victory at Manassas on July 21, 1861. Most Northerners fled, leaving their houses vulnerable to looting and vandalism. The Blaisdells's nearest neighbor, Mary Clover, wrote of such an experience on November 11, 1861: "The rebels did not get our silver nor likenesses for we toock them with us. We toock our fether beds and our bedclothes. ... Everything that was left was taken away. [Most] Beaureau drores were taken off bot the frame was left."
In 1861, the Blaisdells lost 7 hogs, 3 cows, a carriage and two-thirds of their household furnishings to looters. Confederate troops departed on September 25, 1861, but then Union soldiers moved in. Farmers
By the war's end farmers in the area had recovered, and the nation's growing capital increased the demand for produce. Blaisdell sold Cherry Hill Farm for $7,000 in 1865.
Erected 2013 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 53.13′ N, 77° 10.4′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is on Park Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. located on the edge of Cherry Hill Park in the City of Falls Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 Park Avenue, Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherry Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Training School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hangman's Tree (about 600 feet away); Big Chimneys (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Story of Big Chimneys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Living in Fear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Star Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); Town Hall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
Also see . . .
1. Other Civil War Trails markers in Falls Church and Northern Virginia. (Submitted on March 24, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
2. Cherry Hill Farm. (Submitted on March 24, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on May 18, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 8, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.