Monday, January 4, 2021

One Step Closer to National Historic Designation for Gum Springs

The Gum Springs Historic Society is working with Fairfax County on two historic studies.  The first is for the nomination of the Pride of Fairfax Lodge #298 (former Odd Fellows Hall) for the National Register of Historic Places. 

The second is a reconnaissance-level architectural survey and Virginia Department of Historic Resources study for the creation of a Gum Springs Historic District. It will include a complete historical context to identify the historical themes and narratives of the Gum Springs community from its establishment in 1833 through the early 1970s. A goal of the Historic Society is to highlight the many innovations and self-sufficiencies of the African American community. It will also identify and analyze the buildings, sites, structures, and objects which contribute to the significant historical themes of Gum Springs.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Virtual Tour of the Gum Springs Museum

The Gum Springs Museum is excited to showcase an interactive virtual tour of the museum. It includes a  exhibits about the founder of Gum Springs, Wes (West) Ford and the foundational blocks that helped to establish the community including its churches and the first community school which was formed in 1850, when it was illegal to educate black Americans.

Gum Springs Museum Virtual Tour

This interactive tour was produced by Kevin Cook of AerialLook. Keep checking back to the link as we continue to add more exhibits!

Museum is Open for Tours During the Pandemic

The Gum Springs Museum hopes that everyone is doing well and is pleased to announce that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum continues to be open for tours. Masks are required and groups are limited to 8 people. Appointments are encouraged. Call 703-799-1198 or 703-340-6051 to schedule.  Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm.