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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:28 AM
The Great Falls Historical Society held its Octoberfest event on the 11th of October at the Grange Hall. There was also a very interesting talk by Jim Lewis on the process of deciding the border between Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. The food was excellent and the talk was equal to the food!
Jim amused and educated us on the history of the formation of Loudoun County. in 1757. It was originally split off from Fairfax County along a line near Difficult Run. When the Federal Government acquired Arlington and Alexandria from Fairfax County to make the District of Columbia, this reduced Fairfax too much, and so the boundary was moved again 42 years later to its present location near the end of Seneca Road and Sugarland Run. The area we know as Great Falls was thus part of Loudoun for 42 years. The development patterns of Great Falls in particular and generally of Northern Virginia that are still ongoing were clearly affected by the border location. You can watch the complete presentation
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The next Historical Society event will be at the Grange and the Old Forestville Schoolhouse on November 8. Joan Wehner will speak about the purchase, restoration and transfer of the Schoolhouse to the Fairfax County Park Authority. Joan lived in and was active in Great Falls for many years and led much of the community-wide effort to raise funds to purchase and preserve the Forestville School. She will give a personal story as well as discuss the fundraising effort. Many of the "old timers" will be there with their part of the story, and will share many pictures, and recall many memories. This event is free to the public. Wednesday 8 November, 7:00 P.M.
Next year we will have four events open to the public: $5.00 per person, A $35.00 membership will enable the entire family to attend our events for an entire year. You may join at our website, gfhs.org.
10 January, 7:00 P.M. at the Library. Elaine McRey, the expert on genealogy at the Virginia Room will demonstrate how to start YOUR SEARCH
14 March, 7:00 P.M. at the Library. Historian Karen Washburn will delve into real Great Falls history including the evolution of the upper Seneca Road area from wilderness to farming and commercial hub.
8 April, 4:00 P.M., at the Library. Greg Wilson will talk about his new book about Jon Mosby and his escapades in Fairfax County. Young adults will enjoy!
9 May, 7:00 P.M. at the Library. Local Author, Carole Herrick will speak about the burning of Washington and the flight of President and Dolly Madison through Great Falls and McLean during the War of 1812.
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