Another Piece of Fairfax County History is Being Restored

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Last fall I jokingly posted a picture and wondered what was for sale the house or the dune buggy.  It was of course the dune buggy.  The house was actually the old Country Store on Gunston Road and it is now being restored.  The store went through a number of changes over the course of its history including being a Cracker Barrel in 1987.  

However the history of the store goes back much further and based on descriptions in local historical records it may originally have been the Church Vestry for the original Pohick Church now the site of Cranford Methodist Church.   This would indicate that the house could have been built in the late 1700’s.   Starting in the mid 1800’s the home underwent a number of renovation projects which altered the original look of the building and eventually the large portico that became the cover for the gas pumps was added.

Kings Store In Lorton VA

 

Eventually the house turned into King’s Store and was the place where local children from the surrounding Mason Neck area could come for candy and the adults stopped in for gas and cold beer.  It was a great place to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip as the Mason Neck area was and still is in some way’s a rural part of Fairfax County.

Today the property is owned by a family that has called the Mason Neck area home for over 50 years.  The plan is to make this old building which sits at the head of the Mason Neck area into a farmer’s market and children’s gardening center.  It is once again nice to see conservationists taking a look at the history of the area and instead of bulldozing a to make way for something completely new taking the opportunity to keep history alive in Fairfax County.

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Rich Dansereau
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What a great effort by the local owners to save it and repurpose it for today's use. It sounds like it will be a real benefit to the community.

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Cindy this is great news.  I wondered what was going on at the corner but hadn't seen any information.  I always enjoy reading your posts on local history!

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Hi Cindy,
That is wonderful, I love to see old properties restored and saved. 

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Rich-This area is loaded with history.  With little buildings such as this one being restored and of  the big Lorton Workhouse project going on a few miles away make it an exciting time in the area.

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Frank-thanks for stopping by.  I enjoy letting people know more of the "inside" stories of our area not just the usual neighborhood reports.

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Cynthia-so do I.  I've been attuned to the "recylcing" of some of our area landmarks such as this one and of course I written plenty of posts about the other local history spots in our area as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing this project completed.

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