Overview

The historic town of Clifton, Virginia, is an enchanting relic of a time past. This quarter-mile-square town of 225 inhabitants has seen little change since the early 20th century. Twenty-seven miles from the nation's capital, this little gem of yesterday is often missed by busy commuters. Clifton was originally a Native American hunting ground, then a large plantation, and eventually became known as Devereux Station, named for J. H. Devereux, overseer of the Union army's railroad construction. Harrison Otis ...
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Clifton

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Overview

The historic town of Clifton, Virginia, is an enchanting relic of a time past. This quarter-mile-square town of 225 inhabitants has seen little change since the early 20th century. Twenty-seven miles from the nation's capital, this little gem of yesterday is often missed by busy commuters. Clifton was originally a Native American hunting ground, then a large plantation, and eventually became known as Devereux Station, named for J. H. Devereux, overseer of the Union army's railroad construction. Harrison Otis settled here and built the handsome Clifton Hotel. Local hot springs, shops, lumber industry, schools, and churches soon created a thriving, progressive area of commerce. Originally named Clifton Station, Clifton was later incorporated in 1902. It was the first community in Fairfax County with a black Baptist church, electricity, and a high school, and it has hosted visitors as varied as Presidents Hayes and Garfield, actress Helen Hayes, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and Sleepless in Seattle author Jeff Arch. Clifton has been and is still a gentle, picturesque village.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439619650
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 50 MB
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Meet the Author

Lynne Garvey-Hodge sits on and is a former chairperson of the Fairfax County History Commission, is the founding chairperson of the Clifton History Committee, is proprietor of the historic Canary Cottage bed-and-breakfast, and is a passionate supporter of preserving Fairfax County’s numerous cultural landscapes.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Native American Influence 11

2 Clifton and the Civil War 17

3 The Battle of Sangster Station 27

4 John Henry Devereux 33

5 Clifton and America's Progressive Era 39

6 The Churches of Clifton 51

7 The Schools of Clifton 61

8 The Buildings and Homes of Clifton 75

9 The People of Clifton 93

10 Clifton Today 107

Bibliography 125

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