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Green Spring Farm Fairfax County, Virginia   By:

Green Spring Farm Fairfax County, Virginia by Nan Netherton

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GREEN SPRING FARM Fairfax County, Virginia


June 1970



Page ILLUSTRATIONS iv PREFACE v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vi INTRODUCTION 1 HISTORICAL NOTES I. Gentleman Freeholders: The Moss Family (1770 1835) 3 II. Orchard and Dairy: Fountain Beattie (1878 1917) 19 III. The End of the Farming Era: Michael Straight (1942 1969) 31 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION: THE MANSION HOUSE 36 ASSOCIATED BUILDINGS I. The Tobey House 51 II. The Barn 55 III. The Log Cabin 57 IV. The Spring House 59 APPENDIXES A. Fairfax County Historic Landmarks Survey Form 63 B. Summary of Ownership 64 C. Will of John Moss, 1809 66 D. Inventory of Personal Estate of William Moss, April 15, 1835 68 E. Affidavit of Thomas Love and Alfred Moss, October 29, 1839 74 F. Inventory of Personal Estate of Thomas Moss, December 2, 1839 76 G. "A Visit From Mr. Polevoy," The New Republic , July 16, 1956 77 LIST OF SOURCE MATERIALS 81


Figure Page 1 John Warner Survey Map, 1740 4 2 John Halley Survey Map, 1840 12 3 R. R. Farr Survey, 1874 12 4 Hopkins' Atlas Map, 1879 20 5 Fountain Beattie and Annie Hathaway Beattie, c. 1885 22 The Mosby and the Beatties, c. 1890 22 The Old Stone Spring House, c. 1885 22 The Lane to Green Spring Farm, c. 1885 22 6 John Singleton Mosby 24 Reunion at Manassas 24 7 Front View of Green Spring Farm, 1936 30 Side View of Green Spring Farm, 1936 30 8 Berry Survey Map, 1941 30 10 Floor Plans, Mansion House 38 14 Three Views of the Tobey House, c. 1960 50 15 Floor Plans of the Tobey House 52 19 Spring House Floor Plans 58 20 Fairfax County Property Map, 1969 62


In the beginning was the land. It drew human life to our rich area of Fairfax County, and sustained us for centuries before we became so self conscious about it as to make household language of words such as ecology and bio degradable waste. This is where we are at, however, and thus it is thoroughly appropriate that the publication of historical research reports in this format, a new program for Fairfax County, should commence with a study of the Green Spring Farm. There is no better site for an example, probably, to illustrate the early patterns of life on the agricultural land of Fairfax County as well as to follow the changes and pressures that have come about through war, depression, boom, and technological change down to the present... Continue reading book >>

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