Introduction to Falls Church, Virginia
Falls Church, Virginia is 3 miles NE of Annandale, Virginia (center to center) and 8 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. Part of the surrounding Washington metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Falls Church is home to some 10,377 residents.
Falls Church History
The area now known as Falls Church was inhabited by Native Americans until approximately 1667. Settlers began arriving in Falls Church from the Tidewater region of Virginia in the late 17th century. The community was founded in 1699 and was named "Falls Church" because of its location to the Potomac falls and the presence of a local Anglican church. At that time, Falls Church was a sleepy rural community. It was officially given the status of a township in 1875. Falls Church became an independent city in the year 1948.
Falls Church and nearby Attractions
- Cherry Hill Farmhouse
- Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
- Mary Riley Styles Library
- Columbia Baptist Church
- Potomac Overlook Regional Park
- Falls Plaza Shopping Center
Things To Do In Falls Church
The Arlington House, which was Robert E. Lee’s home before the Civil War, can be visited from Falls Church. The city also provides easy access to other historic sites and museums including Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, and Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site. The 18th century building called Falls Church, which served as a recruitment center during the Revolution and a hospital during the Civil War, is near the city. In addition, the shopping centers of Falls Church, such as West Falls Shopping Center, Falls Plaza Shopping Center, and Broadale Village Shopping Center, provide excellent entertainment opportunities for visitors. One can also plan a day trip to Potomac Overlook Regional Park or Upton Hill Regional Park.
Falls Church Transportation
Air transportation facilities are provided by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Falls Church Higher Education
The University of Northern Virginia is the local institute of higher education. Residents of Falls Church can also enroll in nearby Marymount University, Northern Virginia Community College, or American University.