What's New in GCA and Groveton

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Mount Vernon Revisited, by Jessie Biele and Michael Bohn is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series of local history books. Through 215 photographs, paintings, and maps, the book surveys the 340-year arc of history of the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, a locale that is as interesting and varied as any in the country. The book highlights the evolution of the Mount Vernon Estate and delves into the history of many local landmarks and events. Subjects include the economic rejuvenation of the area by a group of Quaker families in the mid-1800s, the Civil War, the coming of the trolley, Woodlawn Plantation, Gum Springs, Pohick Church, Gunston Hall, two World Wars, Fort Belvoir, the Mount Vernon Parkway, Fort Hunt, and the suburban explosion of the 1950s and 1960s. Mount Vernon Revisited captures all of these landmarks and events in an effort to preserve the area's history for generations to come. Available at www.Amazon.com, www.ArcadiaPublishing.com , Barnes and Noble.

Another Groveton resident author Jay Roberts has written “River to Rails: A Guidebook to Historical Markers in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.” - the book is $15 and is on sale at The Virginia Shop on South Union in Old Town, The Torpedo Factory (3rd floor at Alexandria Archaeology Museum) and at The Lyceum.  The book documents the 232 commemorative markers in Alexandria with 24 illustrations.  After reading the book, I realized that I have passed "that house" and "always wondered what that plaque said".  The book is broken into segments of Alexandria and you can use it as a map to either drive or walk thru Alexandria to see the areas and the historic significance of the houses.  Especially the JONES POINT area!  It is a real treat to experience Alexandria from this perspective.

MORE EVENTS:

FORT BELVOIR MUSEUM ARTICLE:  A most interesting article about the treasures at Fort Belvoir:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/inside-the-armys-spectacular-hidden-treasure-room   

STONE MANSION - (STONEYBROOKE) NEWS Program Expansion Program by the Fairfax County Park Authority - See STONE MASON FLYER for program details or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ and use the keyword “stone mansion”

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION activities - www.pwcgov.org/historicpreservation or historicpreservation@pwcgov.org

MOUNT VERNON ESTATES - several special events - EVENT CALENDAR.

WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER IN LORTONwww.workhousearts.org/  Visit the website for more information.  

Woodlawn Plantation or Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House   http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org Open Wednesdays – Mondays, 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Location: Historic Woodlawn, located at 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. Entrance is at Woodlawn Road. Daily Admission Fees: $10 Adults; $5 Children (K-12). Children 5 & under are free. Friends of Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House are admitted free.

What is going on at Groveton's Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley? Huntley Meadows Park website and associated Historic Huntley with specific information about Historic Huntley itself: Historic Huntley website.HUNTLEY MEADOWS PARK and HISTORIC HUNTLEY (Questions? Contact Visitor Center 703-768-2525) FOHH News March 2014 - HUNTLEY HEADLINES   DID YOU KNOW? although the Historic Huntley is closed for the winter, Huntley Meadows Park continues to provides educational events for the community?  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/calendar.htm - There are several HOMESCHOOLERS classes available, CHILDREN'S CORNER, DAY CAMPS, NATURE CLASSES, MERIT BADGE CLASSES. - With your support, your children will learn more about nature, our environment and more! Educational programs give students hands on experiences with the wonders of Nature, check out these linked items to the programs:  Outreach Menu, Preschool Menu, Elementary Menu, Scouting Menu, Naturalist-Led Program, Youth Birding Club, Self-guided Visit and Birthday Parties .

GCA MEETINGS:

Sept 8, 2014 - First GCA Meeting after Summer Break

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