Leewood History and Things
was written by Bob Meyer for the April 1966 Newsletter. If there
were updates to the information, they are in parantheses)
now twenty years old. At the time we were looking for a townhouse,
Leewood was not even advertised. Gosnell (ed. the builder
of Leewood) had been building fine homes in Maryland and
Virginia for some time. We discoovered Leewood by talking to a
friend on the staff of the NVCC.
We came and
looked. There were no real estate agents, just Gosnell's representatives,
who showed us around and talked to us about the homes. I was surprised
at how well built the houses were. Every aspect from foundations
to interiors and finishing were above and beyond anything we had
been looking at in Fairfax County - and we had been looking for
two years! Our decision to buy here was one of the best we have
ever made. And we are still pleased with Leewood this almost twenty
been some changes. And there were some oddities.
In the middle of what is now the park area between Bradwood Street
and the elbow that is Bradwood Court, there stood a single family
home. It was a rather large house of about one and one half stories.
The contractor, Gosnell, had been using it for a construction
office. When the construction was about finished, he said they
were going to "dispose" of it. With a bulldozer he dug a big hole
in the ground and shove the house, furniture, hangins, file cabinets,
and all, into the hole. Aggie and I went down and salvaged some
old bricks for decorating our lawn edges. The next day, the bulldozer
trampled the house down into the hole and covered it up with dirt.
It is located under the soil where the two large trees stand in
the middle of the park today. The design of park area was by and
large the work of Larry and Zaida Bergman when they were on the
Grounds and Maintenance Committee years ago. (ed: Actually
I understand they contributed the evergreen trees that are there
as they were outgrowing their yard. Larry Bergman was President
of the association for many years).
also an older frame house at the corner of Braddock and Backlick
Road. It sat back from the corner in a dark wooded area. Braddock
Mews is on the site today. It was nice that the contractor left
some of the old large trees on the site as Gosnell did in Leewoods.
This whole area was at one time a forest of very old white and
red oak trees and sweet gum trees and many of them still stand,
although some are dying off.
The open area
across Backlick Road from us was the Boyer property. (ed:
This area now houses the Aarondale retirement/nursing home, some
of the Boyer family was at the dedication of that home and one
of the girls married the farmer that lived on Larlyn street. He
had a vegetable patch in his front lawn and for many years the
people of Leewood would buy fresh tomatoes from the stand he set
up on this property). It had once been a chicken farm and
truck farm (at one time I kept my boats under the barn/chicken
house). When Mrs. Boyer's son was at the Naval Academy, they raised
beautiful chrysanthemums which are used for special events at
the Academy in the fall of the year. The whole field on the right
leading down to what is now Deerlick Park was once a field of
was once a swamp. Thanks to the foresight of Fairfax County Park
Authority for reserving the site and then, more recently, developing
it into tennis courts and a very nice walking trail.
Road (named for the British General Braddock) and Backlick Road
and the whole of the Springfield area have a long history. The
history of the area, now known as the Braddock District is traced
back to the pre-revolutionary year of 1695 when Colonel William
Fitzhugh purchased more than 24,000 acres of land, originally
more information on the area surrounding us see the History
of Braddock which is taken from a document produced by the
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