The settlement of Falls Church, Virginia dates back to the 16th century and was originally a Native American territory. In the late 17th century, Englishmen from the Tidewater region of Virginia migrated north into this area; local legend has it that one of the chimneys of the “Big Chimneys” house (now located in Big Chimneys Park) is inscribed with the year 1699, denoting the first year of English settlement here. Named after The Falls Church of the 18th century, early settlements were comprised of plantations governed by the Anglican Church, later broken into smaller units and farmed for goods sold at local markets to support the upsurge in population, spurred by the relocation of the US capital from Philadelphia to Washington DC.
Present day Falls Church is a multicultural mecca of neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. The historic downtown, known as Falls Church City, is a charming street filled with bars, restaurants, shops and the well-known State Theatre, an auditorium for local shows, concerts, and comedians. More than just a concrete jungle, there are 12 parks scattered across the area, along with trails, libraries, community centers and seasonal farmer’s markets.
Commuter’s that have settled here delight in the many easy commuting options. There are two metro stations, East Falls Church and West Falls Church, as well as close access to Rt. 29, Rt. 50, Rt. 7 and the Capital Beltway. Not to mention, Falls Church is just a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Tysons, a burgeoning edge city which is fast becoming Northern Virginia’s version of Silicon Valley. A lot of the housing in this area is well established, but there are pockets of new construction – anything from condominiums to amazing single family homes – as the area continues to expand.
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