Introduction


The Groveton area has undergone rapid changes from sparsely populated farm land to a variety of densely populated suburbs. These changes have become the theme for Groveton High School's publication of oral history in print - Snake Hill to Spring Bank, Vol. II. These changes reflect the attitudes, traditions, jobs, wildlife, and landmarks of the community. With the help of knowledgeable residents, students of Groveton High have actively researched and recorded those changes in order to compile a second volume of the publication which originated two years ago as a bicentennial project.

Students participated in at least two interviews, one of which they followed through to the last step of sending it to the printer. This meant hours of word for word transcribing from the taped interviews. All the material was then edited with careful attention given to preserving the oral quality of the taped interview and the character of the narrator. Some students did additional research in pertinent documents or by untaped telephone interviews.

Our thanks to:

JACK ABBOTT-A birder who practices this hobby near Hunting Creek and Dyke Marsh, two of his favorite places in the community.

WALDRON ADAMS-A long time resident of the Gum Springs area.

WALTER ANDERSON-A psychiatrist at the Belle Haven medical center.

RUSSELL ALLEN-A graduate of Groveton High, now attends Groveton's games and is a member of the Groveton Boosters Club.

PAT ARNOLD-A lifetime resident of New Alexandria and the former owner of Pat's Market on Belle Haven Road.

SLADE BARNES-Came to the Groveton area in 1939. He shared his extensive knowledge of the history of the area with us.

LEONARD BARTE LS -A captain in the United States Army. His family has lived in both Bucknell Manor and Hybla Valley.

JOE BEARD - Retired, was the county agricultural agent for Fairfax County from 1937 to 1970.

VIRGINIA BENNETT-Wife of LAWRENCE BENNETT, and LENA SHERWOOD are daughters of Bert Ayres, owner of the Ayres Dairy Farm and also known as the "Knight of Groveton."

ALISON BROWN-A lawyer, he has knowledge of the changes in racial discrimination laws and is a resident of Hollin Hills.

RUBY BURDETTE-lives on Memorial Street. She worked at the Beacon Hill Airport from its beginnings in 1925.

EVERETT CLOCKER-A retired forester and resident of the community for 25 years, is interested in saving Dyke Marsh.

CHESTER CHINN-Chief of the Penn Daw Fire Department.

MIKE DESMOND-A resident of the Cherry Arms Apartment on Route 1 tells a story about a deer that fought its way to death inside his apartment.

ESTHER DEVERS-Owned the first fried chicken business on Route 1 and recalls much of Groveton's past from the early 40's.

RICHARD DODSON-A long time resident of Franklin Street who is a student of Civil War activities in this area.

JOE DOVE-The community’s first paid fireman and its first mailman.

ED EICHELBERGER-An employee of the Fairfax County Park Authority for many years. He is the resident caretaker of Stoneybrooke Mansion.

RAY GALLAGHER-A resident of the Belle Haven area and the author of several articles on local history.

DICK HAMMERSCHLAG-A member of the Park Service at Haines Point with an over view of the Potomac.

KATHERINE HECOX-lives in Bucknell Heights. Gives her views on the changes in the community during war time.

HERBERT HUDSON-Chief of Police at the Groveton substation. Captain Hudson grew up in the community.

LEONARD and SUSIE MANTIPLY-residents of the Fairhaven community and active in the Fairhaven Civic Association.

CAS NEER-An architect whose experience in the Hollin Hills development includes living there and planning additions to its houses.

KATHERINE POPKINS-Wife of Earl Popkins, now deceased, and the owner of Popkins Farm.

PENNY PROFFIT-Builds driveways and tennis courts in the community. His father, also in the building trade, helped widen Route 1.

WILLIAM RANDALL-Long time resident of Spring Bank tells the history of the Randall Estates property.

EDWARD RISEY - Active in community affairs with a special interest as a Friend of Dyke Marsh.

HARRISON ROUSE-A caretaker for the Mt. Vernon plantation and was a fireman for the Penn Daw Fire Department.

RICK SAMPSON  -Director of the Social Center which meets in the old Catholic Church and one room school at the corner of Popkins Lane and Route 1.

EDITH SPROUSE  -Resident of Hollin Hills and a historian of the community. She is chairman of the History Commission of Fairfax County.

ALLAN STEVENS - Director of the National Puppet Center in Alexandria and the son of John Stevens, caretaker of the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church.

HILLCRESS STOKES - A resident of the Quander Road community all his life.

EDWARD STOOPS-Recalls the landing of lighter than air craft at the Hybla Valley airport.

CARL TAVENNER - Tells of the site for a school house that was part of Washington's estate.

E.C. TRICE - A state trooper patrolling Route 1 from Alexandria to Ft. Belvoir.

ROWENA V IAR and GARTH VIAR-The wife and son of Mr. Bill Viar who owned the horse stable where Bucknell Elementary is now.

EMI LY VOZZOLA-Was a teacher at Groveton Elementary School.

TOM VUONG and NANCY QUAN-Two students at Groveton High School whose families recently moved to our community.

BUSHROD C. WASHINGTON - A descendant of George Washington's family who maintains an interest in local history.

BUCKY WILSON – A former volunteer fireman far the Penn Daw Fire Department.

These local residents have generously shared their knowledge about the area, and without their help and patience the publication of this book would not have been possible

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