Marion Klein and Ellen Brown


Mrs. Klein is secretary at St. Louis church. Mrs. Brown is a long-time resident of the area. St. Louis parish was established in 1949.

M. KLEIN: This particular ridge that runs west to east on which Popkins Lane is now located used to be called Snake Hill. And many a time you'll hear it announced on the weather programs that an area is very icy --they would say. "The Snake Hill area is very icy." I heard that last year but I didn't bring it up because I didn't think anybody was familiar with that name anymore.

The land here did not come from Popkins' Farm but from the Ayre's farm and it was purchased from them. Where Beacon Mall now stands was the Reid farm. And there was Burgundy farm and Rose Hill farm. It was all farmland country. In the late teens there were only 16,000 people in all of Fairfax County.

E. BROWN: Ah! I can remember when the property on which the High School now stands was an old gravel pit on this little Popkins Lane, and they used to have turkey shoots down there. My husband used to take me to them all the time. The little white building on the corner of Route 1 and Popkins Lane used to be called the Sacred Heart Chapel. a mission of St. Mary's in Alexandria. They had one Mass a month, and then when we came here, we had one Mass a week. When it was established a parish we had more Masses each Sunday.

Our original little white building is now a community center for Fairfax County for retarded adults, and for people who are coming back into the world. They call it a Social Center.

The Groveton area is considered the highest point between Washington and Richmond. And the reason it was called Snake Hill was because of the road which wound around so much to a deep incline. There was a point on King's Highway where the Telegraph apartments are now, from which you could see the whole city of Washington and on the Fourth of July, families used to take their children and sit on their blankets and watch the fireworks display at the Monument grounds.

The way the Penn-Daw area got its name was -- Cooper Dawson and Mr. Penn joined forces and built the Penn-Daw Motel, and so that whole area became the Penn-Daw area. My husband and I used to live in that area. We started our printing business and called it Penn-Daw Mimeo.

I live on Pole Road and I’ve lived there for the past 27 years. The property that we live on was originally part of the Mt. Vernon estate. It was surveyed by George Washington as Dogue Creek Farm. The reason the road was called Pole Road was because there were several low places in it. In the days of the Mount Vernon estate they would cut trees down and make poles and put them in the low places, and so it was called the old Pole Road.

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