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Franconia Museum, Inc.

Looking across six lanes of traffic on Franconia Road, it is difficult to imagine that it was once a rural "rolling road" for Virginia tobacco on its way to the port city of Alexandria. Before it was a bedroom community, Franconia was the birthplace of the first Virginia governor from Northern Virginia, witness to a Mosby raid, and a thriving Afro-American community called Carrolltown.

We at the Franconia Museum believe that you must know where you came from to know where you are going.

Our goals are:

  • To identify, codify, and protect the history of the Franconia
    area.
  • To promote the heritage for the Franconia area.
  • To provide educational opportunities for students and the greater community.
  • To highlight and enhance the Spirit of Franconia

 

Mission Statement

The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories. The Franconia Museum reaches out by educating, enriching, and bringing together the greater community.

The Franconia Museum is 501 [c] 3 organization led and run entirely by volunteers. The Museum does not have a permanent home but places exhibits in the Helen Wilson Community Room of the Franconia Government Center, local libraries, and other community meeting places throughout the year. The best way to get to know the Franconia Museum is to come to one of our events. We host story-swaps two or three times a year and Franconia History Day in late October. Please check our web site often for event and exhibit announcements. If you would like to be on our event mailing list please send us an email at franconiamuseum@yahoo.com. If you have a story to tell or a picture, artifact, or map to contribute please let us know. We are here to tell YOUR story!

 

2002 Board of Directors

  • President: Sue Patterson
  • Vice President for Administration: Bob Heittman
  • Vice President for Education: Phyllis Walker-Ford
  • Secretary: Jac Walker
  • Treasurer: Johna Gagnon
  • Edith Sprouse; Delores Comer-Frye; Don Hakenson; Christine Tollefson; Gregg Dudding

 

Franconia Museum, Inc.

"Mailing Address"

7011 A Manchester Boulevard, Box #176

Franconia, Virginia 22310

Email: Franconia Museum

501 [c] 3 Organization

 

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Franconia History Day & Tour
at Franconia Elementary was quite the success and everyone had a wonderful time.



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Franconia Civil War Bus Tour

The Franconia Civil War Bus Tour that was held on Saturday, June 15, 2002 was quite a success ... if you missed it, we will be doing another tour in October, which is a self guided tour. Maps will be available for a nominal donation to cover the cost of printing.

More information to follow on that and other Story Swaps and some very exciting events in October!

The tour was directed by Don Hakenson and Gregg Dudding. Transportaion was provided by Robbie Werth, Diamond Transportation Services, Inc.

* Here are a few pictures *

Jeff Smith as
Colonel Singleton Mosby


Gregg Dudding as
Major Nelson Weaver Crisler

 

Gregg Dudding, Ed Dudding and
Mark Stillwell as the
17th Virginia Company A
Gregg Dudding, Ed Dudding and
Mark Stillwell as the
17th Virginia Company A

 

Gregg Dudding, Ed Dudding and
Mark Stillwell as the
17th Virginia Company A
Gregg Dudding, Ed Dudding and
Mark Stillwell as the
17th Virginia Company A

 

Rose Hill "Raid"
on Franconia Tour Bus

Bill Keaton, Jeff Smith, Ed Dudding, and Gregg Dudding

Rose Hill "Raid"
on Franconia Tour Bus

Bill Keaton, Jeff Smith, Ed Dudding, and Gregg Dudding


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Misc. Photos:

Franconia Marker Dedication

Franconia Marker Dedication

 

Franconia Marker

 

Marker Is Located In Front of the Franconia Governmental Center.

 

Rose Hill Marker Dedication

Rose Hill
Marker Dedication

Rose Hill Marker

Marker Is Located Between Rose Hill Elementary and the John Marshall Library
on Rose Hill Drive.


Round Barn - Hayfield

Round Barn at Hayfield

 

Located at Hayfield Farm, site of a subdivision by the same name today.

 

"Evergreen House"

Evergreen House

Located 5719 Cannon Lane (Off Franconia Road)

 

"Fitzgerald's Grocery Store"

Fitzgerald's Grocery Store

Was located where the CVS now stands
(Franconia Road across from Grovedale Drive).

 

"All Saints Sharon Chapel Church and Cemetery"

All Saints Sharon Chapel Cemetery

 

All Saints Sharon Chapel Church

Located 3421 Franconia Road


"A Franconia Story Swap"

Group Shot At One Of The "Franconia Story Swaps"

(This one was held in the Helen Wilson Community Room in the Franconia Governmental Center)

Group Shot At One Of The "Franconia Story Swaps"

(This one was held in the Helen Wilson Community Room in the Franconia Governmental Center)

 

"Franconia Rotary"

Johna Gagnon
and
Bob Heittman

Speaking to the Franconia Rotary
about the Franconia Museum ... August 2002

 

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Franconia Museum, Inc.

 

Email: Franconia Museum

501 [c] 3 Organization

 

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