New 53 Page Booklet! Early days in the Fairfax County, Virginia, the City of Alexandria, and the District of Columbia are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); New Roads in Old Virginia by Agnes Rothery (1929); and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's Program publication (1940). The spiral-bound booklet is printed single-sided, with the print enlarged to fit the 8 1/2 x 11" 60# paper. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. The excerpt from the Howe history takes an 1845 look at the area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. Rothery's contribution shows a depth of knowledge, an understanding of the character of the people, and a love of Virginia. Among the many subjects discussed are: Beginnings of the county; German farmers from New York; Powheek Church, the Rev. M.L. Weems; Graphic Description of Mt. Vernon in early 1850s; George Mason' Gunston Hall; Background and Physical Description of the District of Columbia; a look at the City of Washington in 1845 ("nor is it probable that the magnificent plan of the city will soon be built up"); a detailed look at the Capitol and other early government buildings; the National Institution for the Promotion of Science; Columbian college; Some inscriptions from the Congressional Burial Ground and a list of congressmen buried there pre-1845; Georgetown; Alexandria at various times; how Washington avoided a duel; Washington's connection to Alexandria; George Washington National Masonic Memorial Temple on Shooter's Hill; Light-Horse Harry Lee and his son Robert E.; Christ Church; Carlyle House; Cherrydale and Fort Ethan Ellen; Site of the Clay-Randolph Duel; Falls Church "church"; Ossian Hall, Ravensworth and other notable homes; Courthouse, Tavern and other historic buildings in Fairfax; Centerville; Arlington National Cemetery; Dranesville; and numerous other bits of history and trivia.
Fairfax County, VA
Sources: Historical Collections of Virginia / History of Fairfax County / History of Washington DC
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1845
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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