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.
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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