Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Awarded Virginia State Road Markers:

I would like to thank everyone for the many birthday greetings I received. and to thank all who contributed to the birthday marker fund to pay for the current awarded State Historic Road Markers. So far we have raised 130.00
It was 27 years ago when the Historical Society achieved the State marker designation for Gum Springs. At that time each marker was 1,400 dollars. The Society had two casted for Gum Springs at a cost of 2,800. We raised the money through community and organization donations, and yes many of our parents and grandparents were still living then, donating and helping to continue the legacy of Gum Springs by being a part of the fund raising.

The Society recently worked with Woodlawn Faith Church, and Pride of Fairfax ,  helping to  acquire  a marker for the church and the Odd Fellows Hall. The markers today cost 1,700 each. They have each paid for their marker. The Woodlawn Marker is already up and on view, the Odd Fellows Hall marker is soon slated for a dedication date. The society acquired a marker for Bethlehem Baptist Church, however the Pastor and Trustees does not want the marker . 
The Gum Springs Historical Society has a proposal pending for the Drew Smith Elementary School, which we feel will be granted,  1,700 is needed to pay for that marker, we thank you for your continued support.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Gum Springs Historical Society, Inc. Participates in Martin Luther King Annual Observance







Ronald Chase, President, Gum Springs Historical Society, Inc., was the key note speaker at the Transportation Security Administrations’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day yearly program on January 11, 2017.  The theme for his presentation was “Advancing the Dream.”   
 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gum Springs Historical Society, Inc. Participates in National History Day Contest


Ronald Chase, President, Gum Springs Historical Society, Inc., recently participated in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held at University of Maryland at College Park, MD, June 12-16, 2016.  The contest is run on a local, state and national level, involving more than 600,000 students.  Less than 1% make it to the National level.  All 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia were represented at College Park. 

National History Day provides young people with a high quality educational experience, with each student responsible for research, design and creation of their entry in one of five competitive categories:  website, papers, exhibits, performance or documentary.  It also engages the students in critical thinking skills that is hugely beneficial to college and career readiness.  For the documentary category, all entries were judged on historical quality, relation to this year’s theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gum Springs, VA, Family History - East Coast Connections


              Pictured (L to R):  Cynthia Hill-James, Denielle Hill, Ron Chase,
              Zaena Terra, Vivian Hill-Terra and Linda Hill-Dogan.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Museum received visitors from Florida (Pines and Lakeland), Washington D.C. and Maryland.

The visitors are nieces and great nieces of Ron Chase, Director, Gum Springs Museum and Cultural Center.

Pictured on the wall are Harriett Cortrell (square brown frame) and John Brown [b. 1875- ] (oval brown frame). John Brown was the grandson of Lovelace Brown and the great grandson of West Ford.


Springtime in Gum Springs

Pictured:   Laura Hill,  Ron Chase,  and  Alan Hill

Alan Hill, and his lovely wife, Laura, dropped by for a visit and got an update on family members that helped develop the Gum Springs, VA, community.  Currently residing in Omaha, NE, Alan is the son of  the late Walter Hill, Jr, and the great, great, great grandson of Lovelace Brown.  

Loveless Brown, along with Samuel K. Taylor, Robert King, Nathan Webb, Hamilton Gray, all men of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, created the Joint Stock Company in 1890.  These men formed an idea of expansion, with the desire to build a community, pooling their monies to corner the land market in Gum Springs, VA, and reselling their holdings to other African Americans needing and wanting a place of security.  (The Joint Stock Company sold their holdings without monetary gain.)