John Stevens


John Stevens is grounds superintendent at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church.

How long have you been working here at the church?
Forty-nine years.

What farms were nearby?
Well, you had Sherwood Hall, which was Kirk Wilkinson, and you had Earl Popkins. That's what surrounded this place. Burt Ayres was between here and #1 highway. The rest of the property between here and Alexandria was Bucknell, which wasn't farmland at all.

How have you gotten along all these years with the kids that roam the church ground?
Sometimes fine. There are too many of them to complain too much about them.

What is your favorite job here at the church?
All of it.

Can you tell us any important history about the church?
As I understand it was a land grant to George Mason, and then it came to possibly the Thompson family, and then Wilson in 1911. Thorpe came in 1941 and the church in '59.

Is it true there was once a pretty bad drug problem here on the church grounds?
There could've been. Ask the police.

What do you think of the new houses closing in on the church?
I don't think anybody can afford to have vacant property in Fairfax County, not for long. But I'd rather see it open.

Volume One, Table of Contents
Snake Hill to Spring Bank Homepage

Library | Catalog | Account Services | Locations & Hours | Online Resources | Events
ReadersLink | Research | Get Involved | Community Outreach | Newsroom | Mobile

Email your suggestions and comments to
Library Customer Service or the Library Director.

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2013

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version