September 25, 2006
Recognition of the 120th Anniversary
of the Founding of Dunn Loring
Dunn Loring, Virginia, is the earliest platted subdivision in Fairfax County and possibly the Commonwealth. It was founded in 1886, the same year the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.
The Dunn Loring Improvement Association, Inc. will celebrate the 120th anniversary of Dunn Loring on October 22, 2006. The event has been dubbed Cen-Ten-Ten – one hundred years plus ten plus ten.
When Dunn Loring celebrated its 100th year of identify, Sandburg Street was blocked at Idylwood Road, and Iliff Drive at Gallows Road and over 6,000 people joined the day-long event. In honor of that event, a History of Dunn Loring was prepared, there were special games for children, shared dinner on the grounds, a public recognition service and the evening was capped by a delightful musical presentation by the Vienna Community Symphony.
For this 120th anniversary celebration in 2006, there will be some special guests, including Patrick O’Brian Buford, a great grandson of General William McKee Dunn and Elizabeth Lanier Dunn, originators of the Dunn Loring Town project. Lee and Ruth Saegesser who authored the History of Dunn Loring will be attending and will autograph their history books. Further, Kathy Chavez, Chairman, and Roger Chavez, Co-chairman, of the 1986 Centennial and well known members of the community, Gaston and Dorothy Weekly, will be attending. Dr. G. Ray Worley, Fairfax County Citizen of the Year in 2004 and current President of the Dunn Loring Improvement Association Inc., who was also President of the Dunn Loring Improvement Association, Inc. in 1986, will be front and center for this momentous affair.
The Cen-Ten-Ten celebration will include dinner in the park and attractions including antique cars, a visit from Dunn Loring’s own fire station – first started as a Dunn Loring community project, as well as a wide array of activities for children and adults alike.
Therefore, Mr. Chairman, I move that the Board show unanimous support for this event by proclaiming Sunday, October 22, 2006, as “Dunn Loring Day” and direct staff to prepare a proclamation to be read at the event.