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.

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