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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: 2252me1 ()
Date: August 15, 2013 04:21PM

How bout 1 south???? Remember the strip clubs on rt 1?? Fancy Dancer??

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Teresa Willis ()
Date: August 28, 2013 01:16PM

Well well, my husband has spoken about this place many times and I thought he was full of it. He says he remembers his dad going there many times and they were friends with the Dixons....he talked about knowing Donna and her brother. Very interesting

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rocky ()
Date: November 23, 2013 12:23PM

Jack & I where the Bouncer at Hillbilly Heaven it was the best time of my life the friends there all the deckers and larry Pauline Robbie, Marcel Twitty, the whole gang I also was Roy's and Jerrys Sales manager at the car lot its was not as bad as roadhouse but we had are fun

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rocky ()
Date: November 23, 2013 12:31PM

I remember J C he was great did a show called the dam old opry

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: pkh ()
Date: December 14, 2013 07:38AM

Heavy country played there many times as did hunters lodge

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Kurt T. ()
Date: February 01, 2014 12:18PM

I was a cook at Godfathers Pizza, Mt. Vernon Square, by AdLib. Worked for Mr. Ruffner at the Gulf gas station too. Was a year too young to make it to Hillbilly H., but my friend a couple years Older, Henry Dodson went there and heard some stories..

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: 703mc ()
Date: February 01, 2014 08:20PM

Where was Hillbilly Heaven located along route 1? What is in it's place today?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Fartslayer ()
Date: February 03, 2014 04:53PM

bump

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gunstumious ()
Date: February 03, 2014 07:49PM

703mc Wrote:
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> Where was Hillbilly Heaven located along route 1?
> What is in it's place today?


It was on Gunston Road at the intersection with route 1. A gas station sits there now.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: earl ()
Date: February 03, 2014 08:11PM

Gunstumious Wrote:
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> 703mc Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Where was Hillbilly Heaven located along route
> 1?
> > What is in it's place today?
>
>
> It was on Gunston Road at the intersection with
> route 1. A gas station sits there now.

No, I think it was a little further down, between Gunston Rd and Giles Run, on the left side as you are headed south.

You can see the remnants of an old sign, basically two H's is a frame.

I've been told that was it.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: jeebus ()
Date: February 19, 2014 04:41PM

2252me1 Wrote:
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> It burned down.


Thank you sweet Jesus! Hillbilly Heaven was a DUMP!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: billy ()
Date: February 20, 2014 12:05AM

I just found this thread tonight. I lived most of my life in Woodbridge/Dale City, went to WSHS. I remember HH very well. I'm on the shit-coast now, working in sea-fucking-attle because that's where the work is for me. I wish I could come home. :(

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: pizza man ()
Date: February 20, 2014 12:30PM

to Kurt T:
the original Godfather's Pizza in Mt.Vernon Sq (before any chain called Godfather's Pizza) was flat out the best pizza ever. Well done Kurt.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Sarah M Kidding ()
Date: March 21, 2014 05:00AM

It is seriously funny to read some of these posts. Cry babies who were afraid to go in or called it a dump. I worked there and I made the employees scrub the kitchen every night and I can only wish that some restaurants were as clean.
I think it had charm.
I saw fights and got in a few myself but trust me, we all laughed at the newbies who thought they were better than we were. My income will embarrass most of you and so will my college degrees.

Earl had a great sense of humor and to have silly t shirts hanging from the walls was funny to him, he knew he was no designer and it made people talk. Like how Paris Hilton made a spectral of herself, if people are talking you are making money, and trust me, Earl Dixon made plenty back in the days of Hillbilly Heaven.
We sat so many nights after the bar closed and laughed at most people and probably one or two of you... :)
We knew what we were doing and I know for a fact that most of the people who came in there thought they were tough and would show us a thing or two. So who was the Redneck, the ones who thought they could beat us all up and out drink someone, or the ones who just sat back and laughed at the end of the night? LOL Oh those were the days, watching people get their asses kicked out and onto the parking lot :D
I am sure that right about now, many of you are sitting with your nasty beer bellies, smoking some generic brand of nasty cigarettes, with little to no money in the bank, still whining to your toothless fat ass wife about your life being unfulfilled while I enjoy my life with an amazing and wealthy family , reminiscing about Hillbilly Heaven :D I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have.
The good 'ol days! Have a absolutely wonderful day.
Just a little FYI. If you were male and were in HIllbilly Heaven with a woman, most women were asked to put your name and penis size and a few details about your skill (as it were) , i.e. Name 5" and he makes growling noises when he has sex....on a card and drop it in a box and all the female employees would read them and laugh at you. If you know a girl who worked there during 1980 and 1985 (before the box was discontinued) she can tell you your penis size and if you had any cred in bed :D Now that's gotta suck!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: The Ghost of Earl's Toupee ()
Date: March 21, 2014 11:14AM

Sarah M Kidding Wrote:
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> ...how Paris Hilton made a spectral of
> herself

"Spectral"? College degrees and wealth, all nurtured @ HH?

Zang!

If only I were you, but I'm a "spectral" ghost, and a toupee to boot! 8(

Youza from the PWC me guesse?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: TheToad ()
Date: May 13, 2014 11:57AM

I assure you, that you have no idea what you are talking about. Sure there were some, but I lived in Lorton (east of rt.1...now Mason Neck) my entire life & my neighborhood had no red necks that I knew about! So Lorton was NOT all red necks! NOT even close!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: john c ()
Date: July 22, 2014 05:11PM

some of us from fort belvoir used to hang out there were no issues that I remember....I do remember the rednecks down gunston manor way.....

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: frye1971 ()
Date: December 30, 2014 05:32PM

Never went to Hillbilly Heaven, but my Dad and Uncle owned Greenleaf Restaurant/Christophers/Cow Palace. I grew up off route 1 and spent a lot of time at the restaurant, during the day only; heard it got rough at night. Great memories from 1970's -80's. Big John and Buster were 2 of the bouncers...many fights...great bands...KIX 106.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rocky ()
Date: March 23, 2015 04:55PM

Hey Sue Its Rocky the Tall Bouncer long time no talk hit me up

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Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Eddie Shugart ()
Date: March 26, 2015 01:31PM

I was only there once for a "Battle Of the Bands" contest. That day the "Fabulous Pop Tops" Won it. "Bobby LLoid" (Lead Guitar) "Deceased" "Loris Forester" (Guitar) "Deceased" "Jimmy Dorman" (Rhythm Guitar) "Johnny Rowe" (Drums) "Eddie Shugart" (Bass)

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: EhVFF ()
Date: March 27, 2015 08:28PM

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: JNwLU ()
Date: March 27, 2015 08:29PM


if i caught a local gov using their authority to have mexicans install power lines like that

then using that as an excuse to insult the guy who lived under the lines as being in a dangerous place

i'd definetly make it a point to see that gov worker paid for their evil deeds


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: old ed ()
Date: April 10, 2015 02:01PM

I found this thread kinda by accident while reminiscing on Google. I played a couple of times at HH with The Blue Ridge Country Road Show (formerly the Blue Ridge Quartet) in the early eighties. I remember the folks there to be really friendly and everyone treated us well. We met all the family and heard the Dixon Line Band perform. We later played a show in Burtonsville, MD with them on the bill. Is Sherry still singing?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: carpedm61611 ()
Date: April 21, 2015 01:37PM

Went to Hillbilly Heaven all the time. Best club if you lived on Rt. 1 back in the day. Place was always crowded. The Ft. Belvoir enlisted men spent their entire pay there (many imported southern rednecks). Ladies never paid for a drink. Old Earl made more money from US Military boys than the Pentagon budget. The time Dolly Parton's brother(maybe Randy?)played with the band the crowd filled the building + the parking lot.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: speak british ()
Date: April 21, 2015 02:43PM

Has anyone heard Donna Dixon recently?

It may sound to some as if she is from Britain, much more so than from rt 1 South...

Or not.

I dunno.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Midwest kid ()
Date: May 11, 2015 07:43AM

Susie Decker Wrote:
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> Both my Parents worked there and at Pizza King.
> My dad was a musician, Vic Decker and my mom,
> Betty Decker was a waitress and she sang with my
> Dad. They did some great Johnny Cash and June
> Carter songs... like Jackson. I grew up there and
> I loved it! I always had a blast. Sundays you
> couldn't drink but they'd have jam sessions and
> one the families that would come there was the
> Saintmyer (sp?) family. They were good too. Not
> as bad as it's rep. Great place to have a good
> time. Loved seeing the stars Earl would get in.
> Very cool. Does anyone remember Chuck Fullen?
> Chuck fullen and the chuckettes LOL OMG... what
> great memories i have of that place. Earl was Big
> Daddy to me. My older sister and Donna were good
> friends. Knew Sherrie and Roy was a hot mess back
> in the day. We were kids and we'd tease him and
> ask if he was having a baby elephant and he'd say
> "Yea.. want to see it's trunk?" hahaha I could go
> on and on....

Susie, Was stationed at Belvoir in 78/79. Went to HH quite often. Used to date Valerie Decker (must be a sister of yours). Met her at Belvoir Bar and Grill. HH was a fun place, good memories.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: big rick carroll ()
Date: May 21, 2015 10:50PM

HAd some good times at hillbilly heaven in the 79and 80s remember.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: rick carroll ()
Date: May 22, 2015 09:39PM

I remember you and jack ,rocky iuse to hang out with you at hillbilly heaven i was dating a girl in the marines jean schimmel

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bernie ()
Date: August 23, 2015 02:21PM

My name is Jack Spurlin and I am looking to get in touch with Donna Dixon and Earl Roy Dixon Jr. in Lorton VA.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: you don't know them ()
Date: August 23, 2015 02:52PM

Bernie Wrote:
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> My name is Jack Spurlin and I am looking to get in
> touch with Donna Dixon and Earl Roy Dixon Jr. in
> Lorton VA.


Roy Dixon Jr Rainsoft. let me guess you used to babysit Bubba. Try Winchester VA PARTY ON.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Link ()
Date: August 28, 2015 10:59PM

http://youtu.be/SX0PjmzF56k

Was this one of the songs that was played in the bar?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: August 29, 2015 11:47PM

Blast from the past Wrote:
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> Why is everyone so concerned about her voice? It
> has nothing to do with her as a person. She was
> always nice when I was younger. Her accent / voice
> is her business, not sure why your making a
> federal case about it.


It’s called “selling out”.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ttom ()
Date: September 25, 2015 10:26AM

I can remember being here around the age of 10 or 11, the place was crazy, My older sister was dating a keyboard player in the band that played there. I played space invaders while everyone was hootin and howlering wondering what she got me into....lol....

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: fruno ()
Date: October 10, 2015 01:28AM

Was in the Groveton HS band with Donna Dixon my freshman year. This one time at band camp, I decided to take a solo swim in a nasty, algae filled unmaintained swimming pool that was there. Upon leaving the water I began walking to my cabin when SUDDENLY my nuts began to itch REALLY BADLY. Perhaps it was the algae. Being alone on a wooded path, I did not hesitate to thrust my hand into my cutoffs and give my nuts a fierce scratching. While I was so occupied, I heard laughter, looked up and there was DONNA DIXON and another girl in the band standing there giggling at me. My brush with fame I guess.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Cap'n Chaos ()
Date: December 07, 2015 12:35PM


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: jeannie brown ()
Date: December 20, 2015 02:34PM

hillbilly heaven closed in 1991. I worked there from 1982 till it closed in 1991. Earl and Marie Ruth Dixon were some of the best people iknew. I still miss everything about hillbilly heaven some of my best memories are from there.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: jeannie brown ()
Date: December 20, 2015 02:47PM

I worked at hillbilly heaven from 1982 to 1991 when it closed .Those were some of my best memeroies and Earl and Mary Ruth Dixon were some of the nicest people I knew.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Angie ()
Date: January 15, 2016 05:25PM

My mom and aunt hung out at Hillbilly Heaven in 69-70 do you happen to remember an emcee there that worked on the weekends ( I believe) named Ed O'brien?
I am trying to find him and of course Earl is gone and can't ask him

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Angie ()
Date: January 16, 2016 05:42AM

I think we lived everywhere up & down Rt. 1 Beacon Hills apt. Skyline trailer park Mt. Vernon apts. Kings Gardens...I think I went to that pre school too...then Mt. Eagle...then Bryant...OMGosh so many memories..Poor Pauls was the best! Back then you could walk anywhere and never have to worry about anything.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Angie ()
Date: January 16, 2016 05:55AM

Do you happen to remember anyone in this picture?
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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: hmmmmmm........ ()
Date: January 16, 2016 11:48AM

Angie Wrote:
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> Do you happen to remember anyone in this picture?


Creepy picture-

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: horny bastard ()
Date: January 16, 2016 01:44PM

No, but I'd fuck all three of 'em

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rt.1mallrat ()
Date: January 17, 2016 07:17PM

Stella played there as well what years did Randy play?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Tracey Loy ()
Date: May 14, 2016 02:47PM

I also used to go to HH and WSHS(go Spartans!) I loved that place! And yes, it was a shithole but it was my shithole! Best people ever!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ebxjJ ()
Date: May 14, 2016 03:13PM

Man I was too young at the time :(

Any bar like this today around in the NoVA area? (and NO NOT Kilroy's fuck that!)

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Cap'n Chaos ()
Date: July 15, 2016 04:32PM

Here is a video of an Elvis impersonator (and a damn fine one at that) at Hillbilly Heaven in 1989:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6ulTZ9sb3I

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Sandy Taylor ()
Date: November 29, 2016 07:03AM

Does anyone remember the reck, I n front of hh,back in1981,or Bobby Brown of Woodbridge.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: cDLCY ()
Date: November 29, 2016 03:34PM

cDLCY

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Dumpiesboy ()
Date: November 29, 2016 03:48PM

Grew up in Dumpies in the 70's. HH was frequently visited by Pagans. They split time between it and Viking Schmogisborg in Gordon Plaza. I remember someone getting thrown out the second story dormer window and croaking. Really put a damper on things.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: KhUhp ()
Date: November 29, 2016 05:16PM

KhUhp

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: phelpsmarc ()
Date: November 29, 2016 05:28PM

Hatemotor Wrote:
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> It was Hillbilly Heaven
>
> It was owned by Donna Dixon's(Dan Ackroyd's wife)
> Dad,Roy Dixon
>
> Roy was a dead ringer for Porky, (from the movie
> Porky's) acted like him too
>
> Probably the most dangerous place in Lorton in the
> 80's,,lots of violence and shootings/stabbings
>
> When Donna got famous starring in "Bosom Buddies"
> with Tom Hanks she ended up marrying Dan Ackroyd
> and they all moved to California
>
> Donna's brother sold used cars on RT 1 in Hybla
> Valley,,,,his business card had a cartoon bull
> taking a shit with a circle around it and a line
> through it---"No bullshit car deals"
>
> The Dixons were definately "all Lorton" yankee
> hating rednecks,,,and I mean that in the most
> positive possible way



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2016 05:28PM by phelpsmarc.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: phelpsmarc ()
Date: November 29, 2016 05:30PM

dapjdj Wrote:
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> Way back in the day I worked for Roy Dixon when he
> was in the US Army, his assignment involved
> managing the new Non-Commissioned Officer's Club.
>
> I believe he had an interest or was running the HH
> at the time.
>
> On just about any day of the week, my degenerate
> alcoholic father would start at the Moose Lodge
> south of Lorton, gravitate to the HH and finish up
> the night at the "Green Leaf" restaurant.
>
> Ahh, those were the days!!
>
> Google Earth indicates the Green Leaf building is
> still there as are the trailers behind the
> property at the intersection of Frye Road and US
> #1.
>
> After college, we would go to the HH for a beer
> every now and then, mostly during the day. It was
> a dump, not particulary scary in the early/mid
> 70s.


Yeah, the dive trailers are there across from Rosie's Arco (Sunoco) and Seven Eleven on the other side of RT 1 at the intersection with Frye Rd.

You used to be able to buy Propane somewhere near there, maybe the Propane place took the place of the Green Leaf.

I grew up in the 70s and 80s and don't remember any Green Leaf

I remember Little Detriot Garage and Doc Johnson's though - in Engleside.

The Moose Lodge in Lorton is still there.

I remember driving by Hillbilly Heaven many times in the early '80s.

The Junkyard once owned by Mr. Casassas (a neighbor of ours in Woodlawn Manor) is still there. Mr. Casassas died in a plane crash in the early '80s.

The Junkyard is on the right as you head towards the rt1 and I95 entrances near Woodbridge, as you exit Lorton.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: phelpsmarc ()
Date: November 29, 2016 05:34PM

Midwest kid Wrote:
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> Susie Decker Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Both my Parents worked there and at Pizza King.
>
> > My dad was a musician, Vic Decker and my mom,
> > Betty Decker was a waitress and she sang with
> my
> > Dad. They did some great Johnny Cash and June
> > Carter songs... like Jackson. I grew up there
> and
> > I loved it! I always had a blast. Sundays you
> > couldn't drink but they'd have jam sessions and
> > one the families that would come there was the
> > Saintmyer (sp?) family. They were good too.
> Not
> > as bad as it's rep. Great place to have a good
> > time. Loved seeing the stars Earl would get
> in.
> > Very cool. Does anyone remember Chuck Fullen?
> > Chuck fullen and the chuckettes LOL OMG...
> what
> > great memories i have of that place. Earl was
> Big
> > Daddy to me. My older sister and Donna were
> good
> > friends. Knew Sherrie and Roy was a hot mess
> back
> > in the day. We were kids and we'd tease him
> and
> > ask if he was having a baby elephant and he'd
> say
> > "Yea.. want to see it's trunk?" hahaha I could
> go
> > on and on....
>
> Susie, Was stationed at Belvoir in 78/79. Went to
> HH quite often. Used to date Valerie Decker (must
> be a sister of yours). Met her at Belvoir Bar and
> Grill. HH was a fun place, good memories.

The Belvoir Bar and Grille (dive) was just demolished recently as they are widening Rt 1. It became a strip place in later years.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: PYPF9 ()
Date: November 30, 2016 07:05AM

Hillbillies were always smarter than Falls Church assholes.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Suzi Pethtal ()
Date: January 08, 2017 01:45AM

Dang Dude! Take it Easy! I get sick of hearing about the Pig, but people Loved that place! Hillybilly Heaven has it was called had a Great House Band and Earl Dixon owned it. Most everyone knows it but he was the Father of Donna Dixon who went on to mideocre fame with an unheard of Tom Hanks and that little Peter guy from Newhart later, when her show was called "Bosom Buddies". She ended up marrying Dan Achroyd, and Earl's shifty son ran a used car lot on Rt. 1 across from McDonald's that featured " The Blues Brothers " Car on their lot. (There's a Walgreen's there now). We bought a Gorgeous Fluorescent Lime Green 1975 Plymouth Sebring Plus from him for about $1500.00 back in 1986. We went to make one of our last payments there one week, and the entire car lot was GONE! Emptied! In a week! No one could tell me where they were. Very strange. Earl would rent rooms to Construction workers above his bar for about $50.00 a week. It got noisy at night until 2 am. Debbie Dixon, Donna's sister, had a little bit of fame with a Pepsi Commercial she did in the '80's. Hillbilly Heaven was a blast although some really rough fight's broke out there on the weekend's. The place was always packed wall to wall with people. I loved it! Great rowdy bar with decent music and ice cold beer with all your friends! THAT'S why people ask about it! Just like the Pig.
I want to know if anyone remembers any of Bars with dancers in them. Like "Ad-Lib" Restaurant off of Rt. 1 in the Old My. Vernon Sguare Shopping Center, late 1970's, & "One South" at the bottom of Rt. 1 in Alexandria by VA. Lodge and the "1420 Club", (that might've been in Springfield next to " Dauphine's "), because my friend said it was 1320 Club or something. Same Guy owned One South and all of them in Springfield. Was his name Terry? I worked there back in 1976 - 78, & then in '79 - 1980. We had "Fort Belvoir Bar & Grill" down there too.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Suzi Pethtal ()
Date: January 08, 2017 02:03AM

Wow! I went to HS with a Susie Phelps. I was also stationed at Ft. Belvoir in 1980. But The Grill wasn't that bad. Very quiet. Good for pool practice Because the Bar in the Shopping Center next Door that was often called The Grill had Dancer's back in 1980 & 81 until those Korean's bought it out. They had that nasty XXX Book Store over there. But the club had live Bands on the weekend's that started at 9 pm. And Best Pool Player's around. That was my final hang out before getting stationed in Germany. I didn't come back until 2005. And everything was Gone except those Ft. Belvoir Apts! My son broke a double-paned thermal sealed glass window with his tiny plastic hammer that went to his little tool set with those little plastic screws when he was 15 months old, and I was surprised it broke!
VA.Lodge is still there.And McDonald's. But then 2 yrs ago they tore it down! It was a LANDMARK! And moved it right next door! Nim-Nuts!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bill Handorf ()
Date: October 05, 2017 12:21AM

Well,back in the 80's, we ("The JB Chance Band") performed there every 6 weeks or so. We rotated weekends with area bands, as well as touring national groups like Johnny Paycheck and David Allen Coe, etc...rednecks for sure,but we never saw a fight or a killing! Earl treated us well. My only regret is, we never played there when Donna, Dan Akroyd,or his best friend, Dom DeLuise were visiting!.....lots of fun memories at HH!...Bill

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Old Rt oner ()
Date: October 05, 2017 01:33PM

Where was Virginia Lodge?

Down by Belvoir Grille?

The little area that Belvoir Grille was, right below the Railroad track crossing, is now gone, due to the widening of Rt 1 there, as well as the destruction of the RR bridge...

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Staci ()
Date: March 25, 2018 08:48PM

Hi,
We all went to Hillbilly Heaven in the 80s from Arlington’s Covered Wagon on Glebe rd. Oscar Shields initiated us!Donna Dixon’s father owned it...Earl Dixon
I was just searching to see what happened to it when I ran across your post

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bonnie Boyer ()
Date: May 02, 2018 02:55AM

Hello, I had a cousin who worked there back around 1990, Chuck Fullen, do you remember him by any chance? I remember going to visit him some time around 1990-1991, and him taking us to Hillbilly Haven, and we loved seeing the band that was playing that night, and the people were very sweet to myself, my mother, and my aunt, who was Chuck's mother.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: STEWMAC ()
Date: May 02, 2018 12:29PM

How do I get there from the Eisenhower Connector?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: MACSTEW ()
Date: May 02, 2018 05:59PM

Ask at Arthur Treachers

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Chicken and cornbread ()
Date: May 03, 2018 12:23PM

All STEWIE would have got at Hillbilly Heaven was his ass kicked and head stove in.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: thomas g jones ()
Date: September 20, 2018 10:00PM

I was stationed at Belvoir in the 70s hh was a great bar plenty of fights and ladies. Earl was a fun guy we where friends for years.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bars today ()
Date: September 21, 2018 12:59PM

I feel sorry for today's young people.
The soulless manufactured places to drink today are so sad in comparison to the places from the 60s -70s.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ME7777 ()
Date: March 11, 2019 01:11PM

As a soldier going through surveyor training at Ft. Belvior in early 1983, HH was my favorite place. I really don't recall any violence. They always had really good band there (I still can hear them doing "Brick House" by the Commodores). There we're a lot of pictures of Dan Ackroyd on the walls. From the other posts,now, I know why! The outside was had a lot of junk lying around... I always thought that it was to give a "faux dive" affect. Inside wasn't particularly nice, but I've seen worse! They did have a "Moon Patrol" video game that ate a lot of my quarters!

But, best of all, women also went to the place. They seemed to be relatively good looking, intelligent, didn't smell like farm animals and, as I recall, had a significant percentage of their teeth.


At the time, the place wasn't "off-limits" for student-soldiers (many places were), so, I'm guessing that the violence came after I graduated and moved on. I'm sorry to hear that they gained the reputation of a dangerous place. I always felt comfortable in there. If there was trouble to be found, at the time, a group of 18-year-old (yes, it was legal age then!) Budweiser guzzling soldier like my friends and I were would've certainly found it!

I was feeling nostalgic about the place and found this board. I'm sorry to hear that they ultimately gained a reputation as a dangerous place. I had a lot of enjoyable times there during my 4 months at Ft. Belvior.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ME7777 ()
Date: March 11, 2019 01:14PM

Were you the guys that did "Brick House" so well?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Curtis ()
Date: May 22, 2019 09:29AM

The bar on Arlington Drive was called the Ad Lib

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Curtis ()
Date: May 22, 2019 09:38AM

Hillbilly Heaven
10001 Richmond Hwy
Lorton, VA. 22079
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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Csk ()
Date: July 07, 2019 02:57PM

There was a bar just south of the greenleaf, same side of the road, small, near Dorans garage. And 2 bars right at Rt 1 and Fort Belvoir @ backlick rd. Anyone remember the names if these places?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: wtfff ()
Date: July 07, 2019 03:59PM

It’s sad how shitty this area has become.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Pontiac 1 ()
Date: July 07, 2019 09:44PM

Csk Wrote:
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> There was a bar just south of the greenleaf, same
> side of the road, small, near Dorans garage.
> And 2 bars right at Rt 1 and Fort Belvoir @
> backlick rd. Anyone remember the names if these
> places?




One was Thomas's restaurant.

The other was the Belvoir grill. That was the place where you sweep up the eyeballs after closing.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Yet Another Transient ()
Date: July 08, 2019 08:24AM

Yes indeed, The Heaven, Hillbilly Heaven. I was permanent party at Fort Belvoir in the early 1980s (81 to 85); but usually TDY elsewhere in one or two places about 8 months of any given year. In between TDY stints Hillbilly Heaven was one of the occasionally visited establishments, but not frequently.

More frequently visited places included: The Belvoir Grill, Thomas' Lounge (Thomases), The Hideaway, and of course, Skinifatz, Lazy Susan, and various places in Old Town and Georgetown. Skinifatz, Old Town and Georgetown were the most frequently visited on weekends, at least by me and a couple compadres. I had several patches, crests and appurtenances on the memorabilia wall behind the bar at Belvoir Grill from units or detachments with whom I was affiliated or places visited. The Grill and Thomases were just a stones throw from the billet and an easy walk to chill for an evening during the week.

I always received a very warm welcome at Hillbilly Heaven and never had a problem, but I only visited the place a few times a year at most.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Hillbillealso ()
Date: July 08, 2019 01:45PM

And they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly Hills that is.

I was there once in the early 70s about 18 (wide eyed dumbass) a wild crowd but no fights broke out

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