While much of Northern Virginia is predominantly part of Arlington or Fairfax County, the little slice of land known as Falls Church stands alone. This small, independent city is quaint and quirky with a charming reputation. The area is well known for its array of beautiful homes, picturesque qualities, and safe Mom-and-Pop feel, though there are plenty of city-like conveniences to keep Falls Church sufficiently modern. Despite urban development happening much more slowly here than in other nearby areas, Falls Church is far from lacking in amenities and entertainment.
There are two Metro stations, a downtown center, and the area offers a healthy balance of restaurants, shops, parks, theaters, music venues, and historic sites to suit any lifestyle. Falls Church is just 10 miles outside of Washington D.C. and surrounded by some of Northern Virginia’s fastest growing neighborhoods — Arlington to the east, Mclean to the north, and Vienna to the west — but it stands out for its unchanging, authentic small town feel.
Falls Church is one of the oldest cities in Virginia. It was first settled in 1699 by English settlers from the Tidewater region, but explored and recorded by John Smith nearly a century before that. Falls Church, like many other colonial Virginia settlements, began as a neighborhood of plantations dependent on enslaved labor. During the Civil War, the town changed hands several times and was the site of many historic moments. The earliest known occurrence of U.S. wartime aerial reconnaissance happened in Falls Church at one of the many taverns opened to serve travelers going to and from the capital, and Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” here in 1861. Following Reconstruction, Falls Church remained a rural farm community until it gained township status in 1875 and became the largest town in Fairfax County. Falls Church fought on the wrong side of the anti-segregation movement for many years, even after it became an independent city in 1948, leading to the foundation of the first rural chapter of the NAACP at Tinner Hill Arch.
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