Civil War Trail Markers Added in F.C.

March 20, 2013 7:52 PM2 comments

One of five new Civil War Trail markers in the City of F.C. (Courtesy photo)

The funding, preparation and installation of five new Civil War Trail markers reflect the long-standing community spirit of Falls Church, civic activist Barbara Cram said this week. The Friends of Cherry Hill, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, the Galloway United Methodist Church, the Falls Church Anglican, and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation along with the Falls Church Economic Development

Authority cooperated on the funding to raise the needed $16,000. A grant application to the Virginia Tourism Council was approved for $5,000 in matching funds. During this process the needed easements were granted by the property owners where the markers are placed. Each sign was placed and sited to the location where the special narrative of the actual Civil War history that happened in that spot or general area occurred. The marker narratives were finally constructed after revisions to reflect the most recent historical research conducted by committee members.

Mitch Bowman heads up the Civil War Trails Commission. For the past 19 years he has galvanized a multi-state program to provide access and signage for Civil War sites in hundreds of localities.





  • There is an omission by mistake of the contribution of very generous support of The Victorian Society at Falls Church for these markers. For some reason it was not in the article, however, they deserve lots of credit for their contribution to the City’s history. The group also paid for the Historic Trail Markers at the location of Mt. Hope the City’s oldest home on Oak Street near Thomas Jefferson Elementary, and the historic marker on Lincoln Avenue for another of the beautiful old Falls Church Victorian homes, DePutron House. THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY AT FALLS CHURCH continues to contribute its time and many talents to many efforts in the City of Falls Church and is integral to the success of Civil War Day, Civil War Thanksgiving at Cherry Hill, the Victorian Photo Studio that has been held for dozens of Watch Nights in the City for New Year’s and also they have literary readings, and events that contribute more dollars such as the heirloom irises that they have purchased for Historic Cherry HIll Farmhouse and also the Arbor Day Commons gardens at Frady Park – home of the first Arbor Day in Virginia. This Victorian Park has been adopted, so to speak, by the Society and the City benefits greatly from their generosity and investment in the arts, culture and history of the City of Falls Church. It’s groups like the Victorian Society that have contributed greatly to the wonderful community spirit we have in Falls Church! Thank you Victorian Society.

    • Right on target. Civil War Day is coming up in May. Everyone should show up and enjoy the day and make sure to thank the Victorian Society, the reenactors and the City staff who make it so great. The Little City owes a bid debt of gratitude to the people who volunteer for our events and for things like the new signs.

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