Martin Morgan has been involved in the Hybla Valley Citizens Association
We were concerned with the real estate development and the problems that were created as the surrounding area was developed. We had just a few houses up and down Route 1 till about 15 years ago. In '52, they planned the Hybla Valley Development. Banks and Lee did the developing. In the sixties they built the apartment nearby, and of course, more development on Route 1.
The valley didn't have any substantial development up until 15 years ago. They started and they overdeveloped it in some ways. I mean, there's some question whether you need a gas station every 50 feet. We have a lot of little stores but we haven't anything equivalent to say Garfinckels or Hecht. That is the weakness now.
The Hybla Valley airport was supposed to go in around the 40's or so, when the Zeppelins were around. That was to go in just below where the plaza is now and where the old airport was. All of the shopping center down there was an airport. The cement runway is still there I believe and that was used in World War II.
There is no good highway in this immediate area between Telegraph Road up to the Beltway. There is a definite need for a crossroad. Everything's going North and South, and we need something to shunt off the people going East and West.
The government, you know, owns 1200 acres, or did own 1200 acres. They had a lot of buried antennae in part of it. It all belonged to Ft. Belvoir, and now it's become a park (Huntley Meadows). It's being developed. I understand there's even a herd of deer in there. The main entrance would be from King's Highway, but we will have an entrance for Hybla Valley and the people in the apartments. (A road) can't go straight up through the park, now that it's a park.
There are several problems. The land is slightly swampy there. We can't straighten out up through the present Harrison Lane because the Huntley place has become a national monument, so I don't know what's gonna happen.
I always feel this part of the county was neglected. We have to chase too far to get things. While it may not be practical, it would be ideal to split the county and have a whole set of county activities down here.
The first white man, I imagine to see it was Captain John Smith. After they founded Jamestown he started to explore the Potomac River, and I suppose he was the first to ever get up into this country. Fairfax County used to be Prince William, and Hybla Valley farm was the biggest farm anywhere in the state of Virginia at one time, I believe.
Very quickly you lose information about an area, you see. Fifty, seventy-five years -- you've lost probably all information back of that. Say you have some knowledge of what your grandfather knew, but not much back of that. I've been working on a genealogy, that's how I get into so much of this.