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P.O. Box 56
Great Falls, VA  22066

"To feel the pulse of earth where man has trod, and for the future, keep the past."

Upcoming Events

Please join the Historical Society on Wednesday, October 10th for Ambitious Failure: Chain Bridge, The First Bridge Across the Potomac River, presented by Carole Herrick. Since 1797, eight bridges have spanned the Potomac River near the Little Falls, linking the District of Columbia with Virginia. The presentation will take the audience through a discussion of the first six bridges built at that location, culminating with the American Civil War.

In memorium

Joyce Trickett, a longtime member of the Great Falls Historical Society, has passed away.  Joyce was a loyal member of the Society, and many other organizations in Great Falls.  She loved her Brethren Church, she gave so much love and support on behalf of her Church.  Joyce’s life was a wonderful example of dedication to others.  Joyce will be greatly missed.

2018 Jean Tibbetts History Award winner Carole Herrick spoke on “Washington in Flames, the 1812 Sacking of Washington, and the Escape of the President and Mrs. Madison Through Our Area” based on her book - watch it now on Vimeo!

 April 8 Greg Wilson spoke on "Private John Mosby, First Virginia Calvary, Picketing Fairfax County before becoming the Grey Ghost". Watch it now on Vimeo!
John Mosby

Check our latest blog post for news about our March 14th speaker Karen Washburn on "The Evolution of Upper Seneca Road"

Watch the video of our January 10 speaker Elaine McRey teaching us how to use internet tools to research our family trees - available now on Vimeo

Read about the Nov. 8 Speakers led by Joan Wehner on the 1983 Effort to Save the Old School House in our Blog and watch a video of the presentation on Vimeo.

Jim Lewis
If you missed October's Presentation by Jim Lewis you can still watch it online - available n
ow on Vimeo!

Chronicler Archives

Archived copies of the GFHS Chronicler going back to 1981 are now available online. See "Newsletters" in the "News" menu.

Chronicler Archive

The Results Are In!

The results of our 1890s Baseball Team History Challenge are officially in. Thanks to the hard work of Brian Love and Ansley Bryan, we have full histories for three of our players! Click here or visit our gallery to view their reports.

In Loving Memory: Mark Turner

Mark Turner served as President of the Great Falls Historical Society from 2005 through 2008. Whether Great Falls Day or other meetings and celebrations, Mark Turner was a loving participant in keeping the past for Great Falls residents to enjoy. We will miss his quiet respect and dignity and his love of family and community.

Thelma's Country Store:
A Colvin Run Road Legacy

by Doris Carpenter

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