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Historical Markers in Great Falls, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Fairfax County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Fairfax County, VA (689) Alexandria Ind. City, VA (344) Arlington County, VA (416) Fairfax Ind. City, VA (49) Falls Church Ind. City, VA (135) Loudoun County, VA (312) Prince William County, VA (647) Washington, DC (2374) Charles County, MD (149) Montgomery County, MD (706) Prince George s County, MD (602)  FairfaxCounty(689) Fairfax County (689)  (344) Alexandria (344)  ArlingtonCounty(416) Arlington County (416)  (49) Fairfax (49)  (135) Falls Church (135)  LoudounCounty(312) Loudoun County (312)  PrinceWilliamCounty(647) Prince William County (647)   D.C.(2374) Washington (2374)  CharlesCountyMaryland(149) Charles County (149)  MontgomeryCounty(706) Montgomery County (706)  PrinceGeorge'sCounty(602) Prince George's County (602)
Fairfax is the county seat for Fairfax County
Great Falls is in Fairfax County
      Fairfax County (689)  
ADJACENT TO FAIRFAX COUNTY
      Alexandria (344)  
      Arlington County (416)  
      Fairfax (49)  
      Falls Church (135)  
      Loudoun County (312)  
      Prince William County (647)  
      Washington, D.C. (2374)  
      Charles County, Maryland (149)  
      Montgomery County, Maryland (706)  
      Prince George's County, Maryland (602)  
 
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1Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — American Indians of the Potomac RiverRiverbend Park — Potomac River Gorge Interpretive Trail —
Prehistoric people arrived along the shores of the Potomac River some 13,000 years ago. Slowly they transformed from semi-nomadic hunters into farmers and fishermen. Eventually, a group called the Nacotchtanks became the dominant tribe of the . . . Map (db m64316) HM
2Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Colvin Run MillGreat Falls, Virginia
Welcome Welcome to Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Colvin Run Mill is a tribute to industrial innovation and the working people who made it happen. However, our historic mill (c. 1811), Miller's House (c. 1809), and General Store (c. 1900) . . . Map (db m198241) HM
3Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Colvin Run Mill
Freedom Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution commemorates the significance of Colvin Run Mill as a tribute to the American craftsman and to the rich historical legacy of Fairfax County Mill . . . Map (db m198249) HM
4Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Crossing the Potomac at Rowser's FordJ.E.B. Stuart's Most Difficult Achievement
Late afternoon on June 27, 1863, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart began assembling his cavalry brigades at Dranesville. To avoid the Union Army of the Potomac (90,000-strong) then crossing the Potomac upstream at Edwards Ferry, Stuart ordered . . . Map (db m59678) HM
5Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Forestville School
Once the site of a Forestville School, this building has served the citizens of the Great Falls community for a century. Constructed alongside the Georgetown Pike in 1889, the school consisted of one room until 1911 when a second building, the . . . Map (db m2181) HM
6Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Forestville Volunteer Fire Department, est. May 5, 1942
Company 12 began as an auxiliary to the McLean VFD as part of the County's World War II Civil Defense. Its name changed to Great Falls VFD Nov. 7, 1955. The bell from the first Forestville School moved here when a new school was built on this site. . . . Map (db m182175) HM
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7Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Formal GardenColvin Run Mill — Great Falls, Virginia —
After Emma Millard's death in 1919, her sons Alfred and Samuel continued to operate the mill. Alfred lived in the house and kept a formal garden in this spot. Formal gardens were common at the time, kept both as a hobby and to showcase the home's . . . Map (db m198248) HM
8Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — T-38 — Gettysburg Campaign
Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, operating well east of Gen. Robert E. Lee, consolidated three brigades of about 5,000 cavalry and horse artillery here on the evening of 27 June 1863. Separated from Lee by the vast Union army then crossing the . . . Map (db m198250) HM
9Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Ghost LinesColvin Run Mill — Great Falls, Virginia —
The architecture at Colvin Run Mill has changed over time. Remnants of the modifications the Millard family made during their more than 50 years in the Miller's House are still visible. On the side of the house, you can see an upside-down . . . Map (db m198245) HM
10Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — T-46 — Great Falls Nike Missile Site
Just to the southeast were radar and other control equipment that formed a portion of one of three Nike anti-aircraft missile complexes in Fairfax County. The site was operated by the U.S. Army between 1954 and 1962. Established during the Cold War . . . Map (db m2091) HM
11Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Historical Statement (The Bell)
The year was 1942, and citizens of Great Falls were concerned that bombings, like those of London, might occur in Washington, DC. In a time of great threats, including attacks on major cities, a handful of Great Falls area citizens came together to . . . Map (db m60489) HM
12Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — E-112 — Old Road To The West
Colvin Run Road is a remnant of an 18th-century wagon road from the Shenandoah Valley to Alexandria that probably originated as an Indian path. George Washington passed by here in 1753 and 1754 en route to persuade the French on the Ohio River to . . . Map (db m1861) HM
13Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — OutbuildingsColvin Run Mill — Great Falls, Virginia —
The mill at Colvin Run dates to the early 1800s, but the local landscape continued to evolve. Mill operators and owners added new buildings and modified existing ones to meet changing technology, work, or family needs. Early outbuildings included . . . Map (db m198242) HM
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14Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Potomac ConnectionsPiedmont Region — Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail —
George Washington walked, rode horseback, and boated through this region pursuing his dream of westward expansion—connecting the Atlantic seaboard to the frontier West. His efforts to reengineer, dam, channelize, and straighten the Potomac River . . . Map (db m182174) HM
15Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Potomac ConnectionsPiedmont Region — Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail —
George Washington walked, rode horseback, and boated through this region pursuing his dream of westward expansion—connecting the Atlantic Seaboard to the frontier West. His efforts to reengineer, dam, channelize, and straighten the Potomac River . . . Map (db m197946) HM
16Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — River Crossing at Conn's FerryWar of 1812
Invasion of Washington City Following the defeat of American militia forces by British regulars at Bladensburg, Maryland on the afternoon of August 24, 1814, a small British force, consisting mainly of officers, marched into the capital . . . Map (db m102960) HM
17Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Rowser's Ford5,000 Confederate Cavalrymen Crossed — Gettysburg Campaign —
(Preface): After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's stunning victory at Chancellorsvile in May 1863, he led the Army of Northern Virginia west to the Shenandoah Valley, then north through central Maryland and across the Mason-Dixon Line into . . . Map (db m59675) HM
18Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Seneca Tract
A mature deciduous forest, rich in American beech, oak, tulip poplar, and hickory trees, blankets and ancient headland of the Potomac River Gorge, white sycamore, silver maple, and boxelder trees dominate the flood-washed lowlands. A quiet . . . Map (db m197947) HM
19Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — The Kelley HomeSeneca Connector Trail — Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority —
The half-buried stones you see here were part of a house once occupied by Irish-born Stephen and Eliza Kelley. Although Kelleys owned 190 acres nearby, they were living in this house on Gilbert Vanderwerken's property in the 1870s. The red . . . Map (db m197948) HM
20Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — The Miller's HouseColvin Run Mill — Great Falls, Virginia —
The stately Miller's House was built circa 1809 in the Federal style. For more than a century it was home to the families who operated Colvin Mill Run. Philip Carper of Frederick, Maryland, bought the property in 1811, though we don't know if he . . . Map (db m198246) HM
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21Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — E-143 — U.S. Army Map Service
Here, at a former Nike missile site, the U.S. Army Map Service established a research station to support geo-location and navigation in 1961. Two years later, the Map Service Initiated a significant satellite tracking program that became part . . . Map (db m104755) HM
22Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — War of 1812Impact on Mills
The United States Congress, attempting to use economic pressure to lift British and French trade restrictions, imposed on American shipping during the Napoleonic Wars, passed the Embargo Act of 1807. Ships were not permitted to leave American . . . Map (db m198240) HM
23Virginia (Fairfax County), Great Falls — Washington's Canal
This will become the great avenue into the Western Country. - George Washington
The stone wall you see nearby is not just any stone wall; it was built here in the late 1700s as part of George Washington's . . . Map (db m59681) HM
 
 
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Nov. 30, 2022