Cherry Hill Farm was part of a pre-Revolutionary War plantation located at the crossroads of a trail from Winchester to Alexandria and another trail to the Little Falls on the Potomac River. This 248-acre tract was patented to John Trammel by Lord Fairfax in 1729. The current house on Cherry Hill Farm was built in 1845. Cherry Hill was involved in the Civil War both as a spectator and participant. Since the perimeter of Washington's defenses was less than 2 miles away, the property was crossed many times by Union and Confederate rangers. A skirmish is said to have been fought in Cherry Hill's peach orchard, and minie balls, buttons, shell fragments and other artifacts attest to some hostile action in the area. Cherry Hill is managed by Recreation and Parks. It is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment.
Last Updated: 8/27/2007 11:30 AM