Dairy Barn Complex

Dairy Barn Complex (HMH5M)

Location: Fairfax, VA 22030
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.322', W 77° 17.58'

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Historic Blenheim

"The outlook for agriculture in Fairfax is dismal."
County Agent R.B. Davis, Jr., 1946

Why was Davis so pessimistic? As he wrote, Blenheim owner Marguerite "Daisy" Duras's diary cows were setting production records. Just seven years earlier in 1939, her Uncle Harry P. Willcoxon's dairies were lauded for bringing "Fairfax milk into favorable notice in city markets." Grandfather Alfred Willcoxon helped found the Central [Fairfax] Farmers Club; he grew corn, hay, wheat, and oats as one of Fairfax's principal farmers.

But suburbia came swiftly to Fairfax. World War II's population boom doomed Fairfax's agricultural economy. "Having decided to discontinue the dairy business," Duras and her daughter Barbara advertised an auction of "Dairy Cows, Dairy Equipment and Machinery" in September 1948. Three months later, The Fairfax Herald advertised corn for sale at the "former Willcoxon Farm."

Rezoning Blenheim to suburban residential use began by 1953. By the end of the decade, the process transformed the Willcoxon Farm into today's neighboring suburbs.
HM NumberHMH5M
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 9:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 301030 N 4303225
Decimal Degrees38.85536667, -77.29300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.322', W 77° 17.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 19.32" N, 77° 17' 34.80" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030, US
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