Historic Falls Church, Virginia (Images of America Series)

Overview


Fertile soil and abundant streams at former Indian cross trails provided ideal farmland around a prominent 18th-century-era church that gave the town of Falls Church its name. The first known home, Big Chimneys, was built around 1699. A mere seven miles from downtown Washington, DC, Falls Church sat close enough to witness the nation's capital burn during the War of 1812. Once the largest farm population center in what was then Fairfax County, Falls Church has slowly evolved over the past three centuries. The ...
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Overview


Fertile soil and abundant streams at former Indian cross trails provided ideal farmland around a prominent 18th-century-era church that gave the town of Falls Church its name. The first known home, Big Chimneys, was built around 1699. A mere seven miles from downtown Washington, DC, Falls Church sat close enough to witness the nation's capital burn during the War of 1812. Once the largest farm population center in what was then Fairfax County, Falls Church has slowly evolved over the past three centuries. The town has seen the coming of Revolutionary independence and was transformed by the Civil War. Since 1900, residents have experienced the growth of the post-World War II suburban ideal and felt the impact of the civil rights movement, ultimately developing Falls Church into a unique town with established religious, educational, and civic institutions amidst urban sprawl.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738592626
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 956,189
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Cathy Taylor is a Falls Church resident who is actively involved in local preservation. In Historic Falls Church, she networked with community members entrenched in the city's heritage to select photographs from local archives and other collections. These images demonstrate how a universally familiar national history fascinatingly transformed this farming village into a quaint railroad, streetcar, and commuter suburb of Washington, DC, eventually becoming the current independent "Little City."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Falls Churches 11

2 Parallel National History 27

3 Evolving Trails and Rails 47

4 Blazing the Civil Rights Trail 63

5 Village to Town to City 75

6 Education 95

7 Merchants and Community 109

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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