Karen Miller

Changes in the Groveton community can be witnessed through development and modification, but one thing that rarely changes is the people. The contrast between the usual suburban community with its short-term residencies and the Groveton community is the combination the Groveton area has of short-tem families and families that have lived here for as long as four generations. To gain a better understanding of their contribution in the development of the Groveton area we interviewed several families who have lived here for a long time. Strong imprints have been made beginning with the early families of George Washington and George Mason who designed much of the land area and housing of this community. Other such families are the Reids' who owned Beacon Hill Airport and now lease the land to Beacon Mall; the Saunders, descendants of West Ford and long time residents of Gum Springs whose property was deeded to them by George Washington; the Proffit family, who lived on Popkins Lane and cleared land area to pave roadways; and Mrs. Karen Miller who is the great granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morris, owners of the Blue Moon Tourist Cabins and the first restaurant on Route 1.

Mrs. Miller is a teacher at Mount Vernon High School and describes her great grandparents.

“My great grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morris, owned a lot of property at the corner of Route I and Beacon Hill Road. They ran the Blue Moon Tourist Cabins and also had the first restaurant from Alexandria to Richmond - it was the Blue Moon Restaurant."

When asked if Mrs. Miller knew the exact location of the Blue Moon Tourist Cabins she answered, "My great grandmother used to have a stone house where the bank is now on the corner. The area south of that, between Beacon Hill and Memorial Street was where the tourist cabins were. The stone house was built by my grandfather. It was still in the Morris family until it was sold to the nursery which was only a couple years ago." Mrs. Miller remembers her father, Charles Faulkner, telling stories about the Beacon Hill Airport. "The airport was there at Beacon Hill when the family was living there and there were a lot of airplane crashes. One had crashed on the lawn of their house which is where the bank is now.”

“My father's uncle is also from this area. His family used to live here. The name is Coppage and he was an instructor for some of the pilots at the airport."

As Mrs. Miller remembers her great grandfather, Frank Morris, Sr., who was Justice of the Peace in this area, and the tourist cabins he originated on Beacon Hill Road, a fifth generation has just recently begun.

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