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Springfield

Springfield is located just 20 minutes north of Fort Belvoir and is home to more than 30,000 people. Now part of the most affluent region in the nation, Springfield was founded in 1847 as a station along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The area remained largely rural until 1946 when a realtor subdivided the area for suburban development along the recently opened I-95, which provided quick and easy access to Washington D.C.

Notable Nearby Attractions

Lake Accotink

This 55-acre lakes resides in a 493-acre park complete with wetlands and streams. The park includes picnic areas, a playground, pavilions and hiking trails.

Orange and Alexandria Railroad

The Orange and Alexandria Railroad was a highly contested link between Washington D.C. and Richmond during the American Civil War.

Springfield Art Guild

The Springfield Art Guild is a non-profit group dedicated to inspiring intrest in arts and crafts in the Springfield region. The Guild offers juried art shows, classes and educational programs.

Fairfax

Originally founded as the Town of Providence in 1805, the town was renamed the Town of Fairfax in 1874 and became the City of Fairfax in 1961. With a current population of over 22,000 people, the City of Fairfax was ranked #3 in the Forbes Magazine pool "Top 25 Places to Live Well" in May 2009.

Fairfax County Courthouse

The circa 1800 courthouse, located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road, is still in use today. During the American Civil War, control of the courthouse changed hands several times as both armies sought to use it.

Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

The Historic Blenheim house was built in 1859 and served as a refugee and reserve hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The attic of the house is home to some of the best-preserved war graffiti in the country and more than 115 Union soldiers inscribed their names, regiments and thoughts on the walls.

National Firearms Museum

The NRA's National Firearms Museum houses over 2,000 historic firearms tracing their development over more than 600 years.

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