Village of Accotink-If You Blink You Will Miss A Piece Of Fairfax County History

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Accotink Methodist Church Founded 1880Unless you are paying attention you will zoom through the Village of Accotink and not think it's anything more than shortcut from Fort Belvoir to the Fairfax County Parkway.  Yet these few blocks were in the late 1800's part of a a small thriving area known as The Village of Accotink.

Once part of a larger Accotink/Woodlawn community the Village of Accotink was founded by the growing local Quaker community.  According to historic records and the 1860 Federal census the residents in the Village of Accotink were a combination of professionals such as lawyers and doctors as well as carpenters and farmers.  Since most of the land had been over-farmed, timber was one of the biggest industries in the area.  The Accotink Mill thrived for many years and helped bring new business to the Village of Accotink after the Civil War.

Samuel Mason Accotink Methodist Church CemeteryEven though some of the famous names of the town sound familiar, Samuel Mason was one of the founders of the Methodist Church in 1880, he was not a decendent of George Mason IV who owned Gunston Hall less than 10 miles away. 
  Samuel Mason moved to the area from New Hampshire.

The cemetery at Accotink Methodist Church is small with about 100 graves and the tombstones show the connection between the families in the Village. As was typical of the time many of the families intermarried and among the graves at the church you will find the connection between the families through multiple generations. 

Fortunately the Accotink Methodist Church and small cemetery have survived the expansion of Fort Belvoir and will be protected when the proposed widening of Route 1.  The church and cemetery are another one of the small historical sites that dot our area that you might overlook.  Next time you drive by stop and take a look.


 

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Ellen Caruso
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Interesting facts and a charming little church. Thanks for sharing the history.

Jul 16, 2012 07:25 PM #1
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I love old churches and their regional history.  Now I wonder about Sam's family? 

Jul 16, 2012 07:30 PM #2
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Cindy

Thanks for sharing a very interesting history lesson of the Village of Accotink in Virginia.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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Cindy,

Thanks for sharing a great slice of Americana and your local history. :)

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I really like the history buff flavor you have added to your posts, Cindy!
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Ellen-I love finding little slices of history tucked away in our area.

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Tammy I did a little research on Samuel's family back to NH.  He was married to Emma Maria Mason  and they had at least 3 children.  All of them are buried in the cemetery.

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Thanks for stopping by Lou.

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Steve-I enjoying sharing little pieces of our local area.

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Cheryl-I've been writing about our local history, historical sites and little cemeteries as part of my blog since I first started posting back in 2007.  Still uncovering new sites as I explore the area.

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Cindy, I love posts like this, you have done a great job bringing us some history from your area!  Thank you, and have a great day!

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Cindy, I'm hooked right from the get go. Accotink, what a great name. I love the little Methodist Church. My curiosity sparked and I had to jump on Google. Yay!, they've been there. What a beautiful area! I love discovering places like this. When I'm traveling about Washington for work, I try my best to plan out some back roads.

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Thank you for stopping by Tony.  I also got to spend some time yesterday with someone who filled in some significant bits of information on another historic site.  New blog coming.

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Rene-if I could stay on backroads 100% of the time I would.  You just never know what you might discover. 

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Cindy,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in the group "Americana." :)

Steve

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Thank you for the honor Steve I appreciate it.

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I'd love to have a list and map for all of your fascinating posts about the local area... I've learned so much from you about Northern Virginia!

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Margaret-Good idea.  Maybe I should figure out how to create a map of all of my favorite historic locations.

 

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