P.O. Box 56
Great Falls, VA 22066
Elaine McRey has been interested in genealogy since she learned that when the Mayflower landed, her ancestors were already here. However, don’t forget the first rule of genealogy– your grandmother’s stories may not be true! Elaine’s been working in public libraries since 1990 and earned her library degree in 1999. She’s been a librarian in the Virginia Room since 2008.
Learn about George Washington’s grand plans for the Great Falls area, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. There will also be a brief description of the library’s Memory Depot, a DIY digitization station to allow you to preserve your own memories on VHS tapes, photos, slides, and more.
Thomas C. Messer grew up in Great Falls since 1968. Tom started his career as a professional artist while at Langley High School. He has been creating artistic and historic marketing sketches ever since. If you live in the area, we are sure you have seen or own some of his work.
Return to a life in the seventies in Great Falls and the Virginia suburbs in an edited version of the Messer family home movies. One of the best surviving archives around showing life at Colvin Run Mill and many surprises like the Great Falls Carousel, Story Book Land, The Wilson Line, the and the Mill Run Swimming Hole: Plus a few memorable stories! Who knows, you might be in it!!!
Mike Henry has been involved with Colvin Run Mill for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mike received his Bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration on the Industrial Revolution. Shortly afterwards, Mike earned his MA at George Mason University with a concentration in Museum Studies. In short, Mike and the mill were a perfect fit.
Have you ever wondered what you don’t hear on the tour of Colvin Run Mill? After researching, discovering, and collecting stories for years, Mike will share some of the best legends, lies, and lore of this engineering landmark. Some of these stories humorous; some are scandalous; a few may have some truth in them!
The Great Falls Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization