HR577: Commending the Middleridge community.


HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 577
Commending the Middleridge community.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, August 28, 2020

 

WHEREAS, the Middleridge community in Fairfax County is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020; and

WHEREAS, the land on which Middleridge was developed is steeped in history; the name was derived from a decision in 1766 by the vestry of Truro Parish, including George Washington and George William Fairfax, to establish the new Payne’s Church at the “middle ridge” of Ox Road; and

WHEREAS, a 95.5-acre plot of the John Clatterbuck estate was officially subdivided into the first section of Middleridge, lots one through 39, on October 30, 1969; and

WHEREAS, the opening of the Middleridge community was announced in The Evening Star on July 17, 1970, featuring homes priced from $42,450, including the Braddock rambler, Carter split-level, Stafford split-foyer, and Payne colonial homes; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge was advertised as being in “the best of Virginia tradition,” secluded and sedate among the trees, and featuring homes with wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning, fireplaces, and carports; and

WHEREAS, the young Middleridge community was hit by the April Fool’s Day Tornado of April 1, 1973, and more than a dozen homes were seriously damaged along Paynes Church Drive, Ellzey Drive, Governor Yeardley Drive, Quincy Marr Drive, and Rumsey Place; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge recovered from the tornado and continued to grow over the years, finally reaching 578 homes; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge has a strong sense of community and formed the all-volunteer Middleridge Civic Association, which supports events such as Easter egg hunts, home and garden tours, Halloween parades, holiday light decorating contests, and community movie nights; and

WHEREAS, the Middleridge National Night Out celebration was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012 as being one of the largest such events in the entire county and was featured on the front cover of the August 2018 Fairfax Connection; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge further supports the community through its active Neighborhood Watch program and by providing welcome gifts to new neighbors, hosting stream clean-ups, and awarding annual scholarships to high school seniors; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Middleridge have built a strong sense of community and made many contributions to Fairfax County and the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That the Middleridge community hereby be commended on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Middleridge community as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for its history.

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 577

Offered August 27, 2020
Commending the Middleridge community.
Patron-- Bulova

WHEREAS, the Middleridge community in Fairfax County is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020; and

WHEREAS, the land on which Middleridge was developed is steeped in history; the name was derived from a decision in 1766 by the vestry of Truro Parish, including George Washington and George William Fairfax, to establish the new Payne’s Church at the “middle ridge” of Ox Road; and

WHEREAS, a 95.5-acre plot of the John Clatterbuck estate was officially subdivided into the first section of Middleridge, lots one through 39, on October 30, 1969; and

WHEREAS, the opening of the Middleridge community was announced in The Evening Star on July 17, 1970, featuring homes priced from $42,450, including the Braddock rambler, Carter split-level, Stafford split-foyer, and Payne colonial homes; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge was advertised as being in “the best of Virginia tradition,” secluded and sedate among the trees, and featuring homes with wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning, fireplaces, and carports; and

WHEREAS, the young Middleridge community was hit by the April Fool’s Day Tornado of April 1, 1973, and more than a dozen homes were seriously damaged along Paynes Church Drive, Ellzey Drive, Governor Yeardley Drive, Quincy Marr Drive, and Rumsey Place; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge recovered from the tornado and continued to grow over the years, finally reaching 578 homes; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge has a strong sense of community and formed the all-volunteer Middleridge Civic Association, which supports events such as Easter egg hunts, home and garden tours, Halloween parades, holiday light decorating contests, and community movie nights; and

WHEREAS, the Middleridge National Night Out celebration was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012 as being one of the largest such events in the entire county and was featured on the front cover of the August 2018 Fairfax Connection; and

WHEREAS, Middleridge further supports the community through its active Neighborhood Watch program and by providing welcome gifts to new neighbors, hosting stream clean-ups, and awarding annual scholarships to high school seniors; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Middleridge have built a strong sense of community and made many contributions to Fairfax County and the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That the Middleridge community hereby be commended on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Middleridge community as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for the community’s history.