Tysons Corner: A Historical Tour
By Published Sep 7th, 2016
Northern Virginia is known for its historical significance. Washington, D.C., Arlington, Alexandria, and Charlottesville are all very well known sites for history buffs to visit. A lesser-known but no less fascinating historical city in Northern Virginia is Tyson’s Corner. Read on to learn about some of Tyson’s Corner's most significant historical sites of note.
Freedom Hill Fort
This small park is the site of a last-ditch attempt in January of 1865 to keep the Confederate Army at bay. Visit and you'll find a historical marker noting the event, as well as a beautiful nature trail and children's playground.
Ash Grove Historic Site and Park
This 12-acre site houses a circa-1790 home originally built for the Ninth Lord of Fairfax by his equally famous father. Originally, the site encompassed 5,000 acres and included a farm and manor house. Prior to the Civil War, the Sherman family purchased Ash Grove and kept it in their family until the 1960s, when the manor burned down. Ash Grove was restored and dedicated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in the late 1990s.
Fairfax Court House
A little known bit of Tyson’s Corner history is this: The first court house in the county was built in 1742 on the northeast corner of today's Route 123 and Route 677 (appropriately nicknamed "Old Court House Road").
Peach Grove Post Office
Arguably, one of the most historic sites in Tyson’s Corner is the site of the Peach Grove Post Office. It opened in 1851, nearly a decade after peach farmer Lawrence Foster purchased more than 700 acres at the intersection of routes 7 and 123.
As with many urban cities, Tyson’s Corner began as a rural farming community and has since evolved into a commercial hub. Residents and visitors alike appreciate the enjoyable mix of history and cutting-edge development here in Tyson’s Corner.