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Being located in a healthy economic area of the nation’s capitol, Falls Church was named the richest county in the United States in 2011. Falls Church has enticed families, corporate lobbyists, lawyers and consultants, having an annual median household income of $113,313 to make this city their home. This small jurisdiction, about 2.2 miles square, is a populous city that has a massive federal government presence.
Corporate Employers in Falls Church
General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Computer Sciences Corporation and Delta Tucker Holdings Corporation (DynCorp. International) are all headquartered in Falls Church. Kaiser Permanente and Nobis are Fortune 500 companies that are also based out of here. This city’s government-related hiring manages to keep the unemployment rate down to 3.2%.
Falls Church’s Early History
Falls Church dates back to the late 1600’s, and was an early shared Colonial settlement with Native Americans. It was established around the Episcopal Falls Church, an 18th century Anglican parish, which in 1875 became their own township. It was incorporated as the City of Falls Church, also referred to as Falls City Church, in 1948. Conveniently located just 9 miles west from the stairs of the White House, it is very accessible to Washington D.C. With its small town character, beautiful architecture, great parks and trails, plenty of community activities and opportunities for involvement, Falls Church is a great place to call home. Falls Church, population of 12,332, is well known for its urban village community, with environmental activism, nationally ranked schools and endless community involved activities.
Falls Church Metro Stop
East Falls Church is a Washington Metro Station that opened as part of the final westward extension of the Orange Line to Vienna. Serving the communities of Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, it is situated in the median of Interstate 66 near Route 29, utilizing an elevated, safe island platform for its commuter’s access. With the addition of the Silver Line, on July 26, 2014, many of the buses altered their routes to now extend to the stations in Tysons and Reston for their commuter’s convenience. Another option, for the more environment conscious traveler is the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail (W&OD Trail). This cycling and walking trail is frequented by commuters and recreationalist alike. These trails comprise a major bicycle commuting route to Washington, D.C. It is a fantastic link between Virginia’s historical and rural and the nation’s capitol (http://www.nvrpa.org/park/w_
Falls Church Museums and Monuments
With six museum/monuments being a part of the National Register of Historic Places residing in Falls Church, it is a testimony of the 19th century Victorian buildings for their area.
The Cherry Hill Farmhouse, with its Greek Revival architecture, was built in 1845. Being the property of wealthy farming families until 1945 and then in 1956 it was taken over by the city. With the bicentennial in 1976, much interest went into the restoration of the Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm and transformed into the era specific museum it is today. The home owned by Joseph Edward Birch, the Birch House, built in 1840, housed three generations of Birches until 1968. In 1976, it was sold by grandson, Milton, to Historic Falls Incorporated, which was organized to save the 300 acres from developers. Mount Hope, a Victorian brick farmhouse, built by Irish immigrant, William Duncan in 1870. The Falls Church, this brick meeting house was built in 1769, a historic Episcopal church, which the parish was established in 1732 and the City of Falls Church proudly takes its name after.
The Federal District Markers, SW9 and the West Cornerstone, formed boundary markers between the states of Maryland and Virginia and the square of 100 miles of federal territory that in 1801 became the District Of Columbia were both built in 1791. These monuments are known as the oldest federally placed monuments in the United States.
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