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Greenway Downs

A Community Since 1942

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The Greenway Downs Citizens Association (GDCA) is a non-profit, non-partisan association of residents that represents approximately 450 households in one of oldest subdivisions in Fairfax County.

Greenway Downs was carved out of a 100 acre farm in 1927 but the GDCA as we know it today was not created until 1942,  when  a group of concerned citizens decided to use their collective bargaining to get Fairfax County to do something about the  sewage bubbling up in their back yards and draining into a little stream their kids played in.

Today, the GDCA is proud to be both one of the oldest and most active civic associations in Northern Virginia.

We are a long-standing member of the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations.

 

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History of the GDCA

Brief History of Greenway Downs

The history of what we now call home in Greenway Downs can be divided into 4 rather distinct phases. 

In the pre-civil war days most of the land was part of a much larger tract of farmland owned by the Dulany family until they sold it in 1867.

Our portion of the farm was bought by Silas Tripp of Dutchess County, New York . He worked the farm and built Tripp's quarry to run as a side business. Both the farm and the quarry stayed in the Tripp family until bankruptcy forced a cash sale auction of the remaining 109 acres in 1924.

The completion of the Key Bridge in 1923 and the subsequent building of the 16-mile stretch of Lee Highway from Washington to Fairfax ushered in the third phase.  Land speculators and developers gobbled up acres of farmland along this new highway corridor for housing developments. This bubble happened so fast that by 1925 a plot of land near Falls Church had  risen in value nearly 1,000 percent.

Ruby Lee Minar, a very successful and well-known business woman and developer in her time,  jettisoned us into the suburban phase when she sent the bulldozers into her newly acquired 100 acres of the old Tripp Farm to carve out affordable home sites to feed the Washington, D.C. demand for new housing.

Mrs. Minar's land development business came to a screeching halt with the crash of 1929. She did  sell enough lots to create our fledgling neighborhood and give us our name, Greenway Downs , but it was not until after World War II and the subsequent building boom that we entered our last and most recognizable phase of development.

Today, Greenway Downs is a compilation of Mrs. Minar's original purchase of 2 sections that she named Greenway Downs, and a further extension of our boundaries into the Rixey estate west of Woodlawn Ave., and Mason Terrace, east of Summerfield Rd in the 1940's.

Each phase has its own fascinating story to tell, so enjoy some history!

Overview

Pre-Civil War

Post Civil War

Suburbia

Today