If you are looking for a city with a strong sense of community that you can call home, then look no further and welcome to the City of Falls Church! Taking its name from “The Falls Church”, an 18th-century Anglican Parish, the City of Falls Church is an independent city nestled between Fairfax and Arlington County. Consisting of a unique environment that almost seamlessly blends rural and suburban lifestyle, it’s not hard to see why it is frequently named one of CNN’s Top 100 Places to live in the U.S.
Located only six miles from the Nation’s Capital and inside the Beltway, the City of Falls Church offers a variety of neighborhoods featuring a wide selection of townhomes and single-family residences, a nationally ranked school system, and endless year round events.
Gaining Township status within Fairfax County in 1875, Falls Church served as a rural farming community throughout most of the 19th century. Consisting of large land plantations that had been sub-divided into smaller farms comprising various crops; including wheat, corn, potatoes and fruit that were grown for area markets, the City of Falls Church remains true to its history by holding a year-round farmers market at the City Hall every Saturday. Not only will you find an abundance of fruits and vegetables, you will also find a strong sense of community. The Farmers Market is only one of many traditional community events that Falls Church City takes pride in. Many other long-standing community wide events include Concerts in the Park, Sunset Cinema, Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Memorial Day Parade and Festival, Independence Day Celebration, and many more!
If you are looking to get out for some fresh air and want to explore the city, why not take a walking tour of the city’s historic sites and explore the city’s 6 marked stops along the Civil War Trail (Insert Map?). Not in the mood for a city tour? Then come and park yourself at one of the city’s 12 Parks. Grab a picnic table and have your friends and family gather for a summer cookout and enjoy the many amenities offered from grill equipment to playgrounds and lighted basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. If it’s a night on the town you are looking for, head into Falls Church City for dinner on Broad Street and then make your way to the classic 1936 movie house, The State Theater, for a night of music and entertainment.
The City of Falls Church not only offers a wide variety of events and entertainment, it also offers it’s own highly rated school system. Of the now five schools serving under the city’s independent public school division, the Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS), there is one Preschool, two Elementary Schools, one Intermediate School and one High School. The newest addition to Falls Church, the Jessie Thackrey Preschool, serves children 2 to 5 years old and also offers special needs programs. The city’s two elementary schools, Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson, have long been recognized as schools of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education. For those students in grades 5-7, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, open in 2005 and recognized as a school of excellence, offers a progressive, enriching, and differentiated curriculum in an effort to help guide future academic and career goals. As Virginia’s first school to offer the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) program, George Mason High School gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The school’s reputation is widely known and consistently cited in national publications for above average state and national standardized test scores.
Wondering how to get your friends and family to Falls Church? Broad Street bisects the community, linking Falls Church to Tyson’s Corner in the west and Arlington and Alexandria to the east. There are two metro stops at East and West Falls Church, which run on the Orange Line, numerous bus routes, and Falls Church is also easily accessible by Routes 66 and 50. For those friends and family visiting from the West Coast, not to worry! With two airports both less than 20 miles away, you have your choice of Ronald Reagan National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport.
No matter which mode of transportation you choose, make sure it brings you home to the City of Falls Church!
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 15 miles.
Washington Dulles International Airport: < 20 miles.
Baltimore Washington International Airport: < 50 miles.