e-book: Braddock's True Gold: 20th Century Life in the Heart of Fairfax County
Free e-book in PDF format. PDF files can be read on most e-readers and, with compatible software installed, on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Braddock’s True Gold by Marion Meany and Mary Lipsey grew out of the A Look Back at Braddock oral history project, which also provided the materials for this website. Selected photos and illustrations contributed by the individuals identified on pages 160-161 of the e-book are copyrighted or need written permission from the owner, prior to reproduction. For questions, contact County of Fairfax, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035.
Summary (from book cover)
Who doesn’t remember a special aunt’s inspiring stories of growing up during the Great Depression? Or the fabled tales of Great Grandpa battling forest fires as a young man? We're always sorry we didn't record their words, didn't write their stories down in that special way they had of telling them. Braddock's True Gold does just that. Skillfully woven tales excerpted from the oral histories of over 50 long-time residents capture the essences of 20th-century life in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia - from farm life with gravel roads and cinder-spewing trains of the 1930s to a 1960s battle to keep Burke from becoming Burke International Airport. Recollections of men and women who grew up here, fought wars and fought the government, won spelling bees and won elections. Neighbors who worked together to make life better, creating a sense of community you'll want to make your own.
Four files available to view online or download:
e-book (choice of two resolutions):
BraddocksTrueGold_lowres.pdf (small, 14 MB file) – Low image resolution e-book: suitable for devices with smaller screens or limited storage, and for faster download with low bandwidth Internet connections
BraddocksTrueGold_fullres.pdf (large, 177 MB file) – Full print resolution e-book: best for printing and for viewing on larger screens, e.g., desktop, laptop and larger tablets
Companion map, An Historical Cartography of Braddock District Fairfax County, Virginia:
Braddock_2006_Map_side 1.pdf (92 MB file) – Side 1: Historical sites; land ownership in 18th century; growth and development, 1940-2005
Braddock_2006_Map_side 2.pdf (2.0 MB file) - Side 2: Braddock District 2006