Ahead of the walk I will be giving this coming Saturday (good weather forecast!), I thought I would provide a preview of sorts with an aerial photograph.
Mount Eagle (built in 1790) is upper right, standing alone on its hill top acres overlooking Alexandria. The neighborhoods of Jefferson Manor and Fairview can be easily seen. Some of these homes were built in the early 40s. Some homes in Groveton (not seen south of the airport) were built in the mid 30s, making it one of the earliest suburban neighborhoods in Fairfax County.
Mid-photo, where Route One and King’s Highway form an X, we see Spring Bank (site is Wal Mart). Its glory days as a country house with a spread of farm land are long gone. Spring Bank was built (1804) with brick, making it a standout dwelling.
City View (built 1920) can be seen at the bottom, fronting Route One with the Beacon Field Airport in the background. For more information on both, be sure and visit Harry and Anna Marie Lehman’s terrific web site.
City View went down in 1959. A few years later, a Giant superstore sprung up in the southwest part of the parcel. Similar to Wal Mart today, they sold groceries and some household items!
Spring Bank is hanging in there, but its days are numbered, as there is still a growing need for more retail.
Mount Eagle is also still standing, but has more neighbors in Huntington.
Mount Eagle is gone (1968), replaced with the Montebello residential towers. The Metro’s Yellow Line station is steps from the site of Fort Lyon, having opened in 1983.
Spring Bank went down in 1972, giving way to retail shopping.
The Beacon Mall looks busy with more stores, and Southeast Fairfax is fully built in terms of its suburban homes.
No historical markers exist for these three homes. I'm hoping the publicity from my book and this tour will draw attention to that void and need.
Hope to see you on the tour! See the top of my blog for details.