Foreign Language Department
Favorite thing: This is where the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is located. I majored in Spanish and minored in French, so I spent a lot of class time and met with my faculty advisor in this one building. Because the foreign language teachers know me the best, I come back here to revisit former professors. The majority of the lot were here 10 years after I graduated.
Fondest memory: Some folks might say I didn't spend enough time here. I went in there, checked out what I needed, photocopied from the reference books, and went back to my dorm where I could have some kind of background noise. The quiet was deafening. On the left wing is the entrance hall and the newspaper and magazine section. The tower on the right is the reference section (1st floor), undergraduate stacks (2-4), and on the 5th floor is the history and religion department offices and the graduate stacks.
Student Union Building 2
Favorite thing: S.U.B. II is a very peculiarly designed building. From the Commons dormitories where I lived from 1987-'89, you entered from the 3rd floor. On that floor are meeting rooms and reception halls. You go down one floor and you reach the dining hall. That may not be a good thing. The food was so bad the toast had bones. The cafeteria staff was so dumb they messed up the recipe for ice! You go down to the bottom floor and the main thing was the book store. However, in the years since my graduation it moved to the Johnson Center where it is much bigger and better.
Favorite thing: Woodlawn, which was built between 1899 and 1895, was the home of Eleanor Custis (Martha Washington's granddaughter) and Lawrence Lewis (George Washington's nephew. ) It was a wedding present from George Washington.
The plantation served as Camp Davis, a Confederate training faacility during the Civil War.
Fondest memory: It is located at 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria (not the city) Phone: 703-780-4000
Pope Leighey-Frank Lloyd Wright House
Favorite thing: This house, completed in 1942, was designed for an average income family. Its original site was in Falls Church, but it was moved to the grounds of the Woodlawn Plantation.
Fondest memory: This example of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture is located at 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria (not the city.) Phone: 703-780-4000
George Mason's Gunston Hall
Favorite thing: George Mason was the father of the Bill Of Rights.
He also wrote the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. The latter was the basis for the Bill of Rights. Gunston Hall was his home.
Gunston Hall was constructed from 1755 to 1760. The architecture is Georgian.
Fondest memory: Gunston Hall is located at 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA.
Visit Mt Vernon. Home of...
Favorite thing: Visit Mt Vernon. Home of George Washington 1st president of the United States.
Visit Arlington National Cemetary. Dedicated to
military veterns. You will be able to see the
grave of President Kennedy and his wife and you can
also tour the home of Civil war general Robert E. Lee and witness the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Also located next to Arlington National cemetary is the Iowa Jima memorial.
Fondest memory: The day I moved here to newly built home.
The traffic. In the year 2000 was rated 2nd worst
area for traffic in the United States. Slipping to
4th (just barely) in 2001.
Favorite thing: Some folks say I could use this these days. Back during my university days, as hard as it may be for some to believe, I was so thin, if I turned sideways you would miss me.
Great Falls National Park
Favorite thing: National Park Service Rangers give daily talks on the history of the falls and the Patowmack Canal.
Fondest memory: Location: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean
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