Oakton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Ira Noel Gabrielson
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources, on April 26. (Marker Number T-46-a.)
Location. 38° 53.032′ N, 77° 18.078′ W. Marker is in Oakton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Hunter Mill Road (County Route 674) and Lynhaven Place, on the left when traveling north on Hunter Mill Road. Touch for map. It is at the Oakton Library, just outside the sidewalk entrance gate (the gap in the fence between the parking lot and the road). Marker is in this post office area: Oakton VA 22124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Hunter Mill Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Cemeteries (approx. half a mile away); Peyton Anderson (approx. 1.8 miles away); Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) (approx. 2 miles away); Historic Blenheim (approx. 2 miles away); Dairy Barn Complex (approx. 2 miles away); Blenheim House (approx. 2 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is parallel to the road, so it cannot be easily seen from a moving car.
Regarding Ira Noel Gabrielson. Gabrielson Gardens Park, mentioned in the marker, is about 2½ miles west. It is unsigned except at its entrance. From the marker, take Hunter Mill road approx 1ĺ miles north (left turn from Library parking lot) and turn left on Hunters Valley Road. It is at the end of Hunters Valley Road, at the intersection with Leeds Road at these coordinates: N38į 54.613', W77į 19.009'. To reach the gardens, look for an unmarked footpath on the left flanked by two stone pillars as you walk down the dirt road. Youíll find it before you reach Difficult Run (the creek).
The gardens have returned to nature. Stone retaining walls that once created terraces can be seen leading up the hillside to Dr. Gabrielsonís house from the pond, whose west and north banks have
The footpath from the stone pillars meanders through the woods and tunnels through a bamboo stand that opens on the pond. Red and white azaleas line the east bank beside the path and a small cement bench tucked into the azaleas facing the pond makes for a nice stop. Past the pond, the path opens onto a forest floor covered in skunk cabbage. Several 100-foot tall bald cypress trees are in the swampy area near the trail. The oldest ones were planted by Dr. Gabrielson in the 1950s, and their "knees" can be easily seen in the fall and winter months. The path can be muddy and slippery in places.
Also see . . .
1. In Memoriam: Ira Noel Gabrielson. 1985 article by Henry M. Reeves and David B. Marshall in The Auk, the Journal of the American Ornithologistsí Union. Has a photograph of Dr. Gabrieson from 1965. (Submitted on April 26, 2008.)
2. Money for Ducks. 1937 article in Time magazine. (Submitted on April 26, 2008.)
3. History on a Stick. “An encounter with a secret pond prompts a woman to create a memorial to a forgotten man.” 2008 article by Patricia Strat in the Washington Post Magazine. (Submitted on June 18, 2008.)
1. List of Speakers at the Dedication
Awards for the 2008 Earth Day Art Contest, “Sharing Our Earth” were
— Submitted April 28, 2008.
Categories. • Animals • Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,581 times since then and 97 times this year. Last updated on April 28, 2008, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 26, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 11. submitted on April 28, 2008. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.