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Old 06-05-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Spotsy
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Much of the Burke family ended up in Clifton after the Civil War, including my grandfather. There are a lot of Burkes in Clifton's Payne cemetery but I thought Silas and his wife Hannah were buried on their property in Burke. Anyone know?
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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A lot of old Burke photos here:

A Look Back at Braddock District History (http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/213/ - broken link)


As for Silas Burke's grave....this from the Connection newspapers: (there's pics of the gravemarkers at the site above)

"As many local residents are aware, the entire area known as Burke, Va. owes its name to Silas Burke (b.1796) and Hannah Coffer Burke (b.1800), and to the fact that Silas and Hannah donated a large amount of their land during the 1840s to ensure that the railroad line would come through this area. Silas Burke was reportedly a farmer, innkeeper, surveyor, commissioner, sheriff, county justice and military officer. His only son, John Thomas Burke, was killed during the Civil War's Battle of Antietam in 1862, and he was cited for "distinguished gallantry.”

Both Silas and Hannah died and were buried in the Burke area, and in a book entitled "Cemeteries of Fairfax County, Virginia" it was noted that their small family gravesite had become "overgrown and neglected" (in 1994).

The gravestones are hard to spot. They are located on a vacant lot directly behind 9115 Andromeda Drive in Burke, but are technically located in front of 6204 Kersey Court, just around the corner.".
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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Don't forget Long John Silver's in the slug lot. The Parkway in Spfld/Bke mostly follows the previous path of Pohick Rd.
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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You mean this one?



Pretty much the middle of nowhere. Then again, that's about all Springfield was until post 1950...
That former train station is where the Backlick Road VRE train station is now.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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Springfield - Where the commuter lot is now across from Springfield Plaza, what business used to be there?

It was a movie theater and then a Circuit City more recently.

As another poster noted, the current VRE station is approximately where the Springfield RR station was. I believe the Lee family also had some where established to get on/off the trains somewhere near Accotink Creek in exchange for allowing the Orange & Alexandria RR right of way through their Ravensworth property.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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Long John's was a Gino's, which was about as bad as Burger Chef. What about Houlihan's? That is an interesting lineage. Starting with Hot Shoppes (including drive up), then Phineas II, then Charlies Place, then.........But the 1320 lives on!
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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That single family home that is next to the Citgo gas station off of Burke Road, weren't there two single family homes there in what is now open land between the house and the gas station?
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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how many years has the rock in front of washington irving middle school been painted by the students, and how thick have the layers upon layers of paint over the years been estimated to be?
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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how many years has the rock in front of washington irving middle school been painted by the students, and how thick have the layers upon layers of paint over the years been estimated to be?
Likewise with the Bruin Bear over at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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What was the first movie ever shown at the Springfield Cinema?

For what movie did they have a noose hanging from the sign?

During the infamous cherry drops--what prize did 99.9% of the cherries contain?

The appearance of what singer caused a riot at the Springfield Mall in 1978?
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