A Look Back at Braddock includes oral histories, images, documents, and other resources in the database. Search the database to answer these questions and learn about the history of the area. Explore tags listed in the resources section of the website for more search ideas.
Transportation and Roads
Some of the roads in Braddock District grew from trails cut through the woods by Native Americans. As homes, farming, and commerce grew in the area, so did the roads necessary to get people and goods from place to place. Identify these transportation byways using this word search puzzle (PDF)
Some suggested search tags: roads, maps, transportation
During the Civil War, Braddock District occupied a critical position between Washington, DC, and Confederate territory. Although no major battles occurred in the District, both sides sought to control the area in order to transport troops and supplies. For Federal troops, control of the area was important for defense of Washington, DC. Explore Civil War events in Braddock District.
Some suggested search tags: civil war, railroad, burke, fairfax station, jeb stuart, clara barton
Rural to Suburban
Places surrounding major cities changed during the twentieth century. Farming communities became bustling suburbs, country roads became highways, large schools replaced one-room schoolhouses, and shopping centers replaced small country stores. In the early 1900s, today's Braddock District was rural. After World War II the area began to grow and develop. What were some of the changes to housing, roads, schools, recreation, and to the population?
Some suggested search tags: agriculture, development, commerce, subdivisions, civic activism
Using the maps in the Resources section of A Look Back at Braddock, select a few sites and plan a trip. Select a beginning and ending spot. Make instructions for your trip and include approximate distances.
Some suggested search tags: maps, historic site, burke, annandale
Explore Fairfax County
Select three or four historic sites. Make a travel brochure including pictures and descriptions of the historic places. Write slogans to attract visitors. Include a You Are Here locator for Fairfax County in the state of Virginia.
Some suggested search tags: historic site, revolutionary war, fitzhugh, oak hill, civil war