Costco to Host Book Signing for Groveton Author

Arts and Entertainment

November 1, 2013


Groveton is located in Fairfax County, three miles south of Alexandria on what is now known as Richmond Highway. The original property owners of the Groveton area were George Mason, Sampson Darrell and George Washington. Early family homes that are still standing include Huntley, Stone Mansion, Wilkinson, Sherwood Farm and Briery Farm. Between the 1880s and early 1900s, Groveton was home to several orchards and farms. Dairy farms, such as Clifton, Groveton, Sherwood and Hybla Valley Farms, made up the Alexandria Milk Association for which Groveton was known. By the mid-1900s, the farms gave way to businesses, churches, residential housing, and two airfields.


Today, Groveton has grown to become a diverse neighborhood and is experiencing economic growth due to the Fort Belvoir expansion. Images of America: Groveton allows readers to glimpse the history of this unique community while allowing them to better understand its modern identity.


Highlights of Groveton include:

  • Rarely seen images of the original 1876 Groveton Schoolhouse, 1925 and 1933 elementary school and the 1956 high school.

  • Information on Historic Huntley, which was built on property purchased by George Mason, author of The Bill of Rights, and served as a summer home to his grandson.

  • Images and information about the first Fairfax County Police Department substation located in Groveton and the 1942 Penn-Daw Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Vintage images of early businesses, churches, highways and rural scenes.


Join the author for a signing:

Where:  Costco

7940 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA 22306

When:  Saturday, November 16th, 2013; 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.


Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online. 


Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit



Local historian and author Charlotte Brown grew up in Groveton and has documented St. Mark's Episcopal Church history and researched area family history and genealogy. Using photographs carefully preserved by Groveton families, the author, with the help of Historic Huntley House supporters, family, friends, and neighbors, was able to capture this history of Groveton.


by Charlotte Brown

Images of America Series

128 pages/ softcover

Available: July 8,  2013