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Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: pete1972 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 01:56PM

Did anyone here on FU ever go to Hillbilly Haven (or was it heaven) on Rt.1 in Lorton?

I'm assuming that it was a complete dive, but did it live up to the reputation of those of us in high-school in the mid 80's as the kind of bar that came straight out of the movie Road House?

When did it close? By the time I'd turned legal, I had forgotten about it and never went by to see if I could lose an eye in a broken bottle fight.

Where did they get their clientelle from during it's heyday (I didn't know of any rednecks in fairfax county in the 80's, even in Lorton)?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Hatemotor ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:15PM

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

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rt 1 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:15PM

It was heaven. It was owned by Donna Dixon's dad, Earl. Donna is the wife of Dan Aykroyd and the hottie in Spies like Us.


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Hatemotor ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:17PM

Thats right,,, the dads name was Earl, Roy was her brother

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Rt. 1 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:20PM

Hatemotor Wrote:
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> Thats right,,, the dads name was Earl, Roy was her
> brother

Technically, they are both "Earl Roy." Big surprise there!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: dapjdj ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:29PM

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.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: John Doe ()
Date: December 28, 2009 02:37PM

The Dixons were definately "all Lorton" yankee hating rednecks,,,and I mean that in the most positive possible way.
What other way could it have been meant?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Hayfield Hayseed ()
Date: December 28, 2009 05:17PM

pete1972 Wrote:
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> Where did they get their clientelle from during
> it's heyday (I didn't know of any rednecks in
> fairfax county in the 80's, even in Lorton)?

I guess you didn't go to Hayfield.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 06:12PM

On a side note, this is Roy's business now.http://royroythewaterboy.com/. When I lived in Winchester, a couple of times Dan Aykroyd and Donna were the grand marshall's of the Apple Blossom parade. Dan, Donna, and her brother's family would walk around the festival

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W.W.S.D. what would Scooby Doo

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Hayfield Hatemotor ()
Date: December 28, 2009 07:15PM

Hayfield Hayseed Wrote:
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> pete1972 Wrote:
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>
> >
> > Where did they get their clientelle from during
> > it's heyday (I didn't know of any rednecks in
> > fairfax county in the 80's, even in Lorton)?
>
> I guess you didn't go to Hayfield.

Im under the impression you dont know what a redneck is pete1972

I assure you Lorton was nothing BUT rednecks in the 70's and 80's,,,
and I mean that in the most positive way,,,,you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a long haired country boy,,,including myself for the record

Every car/pick-up truck on the road was blasting Lynyrd Skynyrd (usually Gold & Platinum on 8 track)
When you stopped at the 7-11 you'd hear guys greet each other with the loudest Rebel yells you ever heard and phrases like:
"Your damn straight!,,fuckin' a tweet,,Lorton rules muther fuckers! buncha Yankee ass bitches!"

It was great times

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Phorum ()
Date: December 28, 2009 07:20PM

but did you have a rebel flag covering the pickup's back window? another true test

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: pete1972 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 07:38PM

Hayfield Hatemotor Wrote:
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> > I guess you didn't go to Hayfield.

Nope, Edison. We had grits, not rednecks

> Im under the impression you dont know what a
> redneck is pete1972

Actually, i'm quite familiar with a redneck. In a post-Jeff Foxworthy america, is there anyone who doesn't know what a redneck is? Jesus Christ, he wrote 4 books and had half a dozen HBO comedy hour specials where all he did was describe every possible quality of a redneck.



> I assure you Lorton was nothing BUT rednecks in
> the 70's and 80's,,,
> and I mean that in the most positive way,,,,you
> couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a long
> haired country boy,,,including myself for the
> record
>
> Every car/pick-up truck on the road was blasting
> Lynyrd Skynyrd (usually Gold & Platinum on 8
> track)
> When you stopped at the 7-11 you'd hear guys greet
> each other with the loudest Rebel yells you ever
> heard and phrases like:
> "Your damn straight!,,fuckin' a tweet,,Lorton
> rules muther fuckers! buncha Yankee ass bitches!"
>

And now you can't swing a dead cat and not see a beat to shit honda with a calvin pissing sticker, cheap chrome plastic, and a flame job/bullet holes/wolf ripping it's way out stickers, filled with a bunch of long haired south americans blasting "El Sol" (usually el mariachi on cd). When you stop at the 7-11 you'd hear phrases like "La Migra! Donde esta el Bano? Tenga el trabajo?"

So where did you guys migrate to? I know you're still in the area, because the blue collar comedy tour was at the patriot center a few weeks ago.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bubba ()
Date: December 28, 2009 08:10PM

Although I have a fairly nice home in FFXCO, nicer than the one I grew up in. I still wear flannel shirts with a tee shirt underneath (usually Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Blackfoot or 38 Special), jeans and boots.

My kids like country music and are growing up with superior values. No worries of my daughter getting knocked up early.

I still consider myself a redneck. And proud of it.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ffxn8v ()
Date: December 28, 2009 08:45PM

I am still around...

I remember what was left of the HH and a few other redneck dives.

Grew up in the area, been here my whole life... And long before english was the second language...

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: pete1972 ()
Date: December 28, 2009 08:50PM

Bubba Wrote:
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>
> My kids like country music and are growing up with
> superior values. No worries of my daughter getting
> knocked up early.
>
> I still consider myself a redneck. And proud of
> it.

Uh, if your kids have values and aren't going to be pre-teen parents, then by definition you're not a redneck. That's like claiming to be a pedophile but not being interested in children.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: December 28, 2009 09:07PM

pete1972 Wrote:
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> Uh, if your kids have values and aren't going to be pre-teen parents, then by definition you're not a redneck.


Haha, I was going to say the same thing. Real rednecks take offense when their kids show signs of living a better life then them. It's an affront to the entire lifestyle.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Ancient Local ()
Date: December 28, 2009 10:41PM

In high school, Sherry (Sherrie?) Dixon drove a white firebird or camaro with her name painted on the side in red.

Hillbilly Heaven had a lot of redneck fights.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Route 1 ()
Date: December 29, 2009 01:01AM

I used to party at the apartments known as "The Woods" and "Woodside" back in the early 90's, shady places. I was "sneaking away" from my parents back then to see a guy I thought I liked. Bar J was next to Booth Feeds, and HH was right down the road, thinking back I shudder to think why I thought that was where I should hang out. It was nasty then, don't know how it is there now. But, damn, you could ALWAYS smell the trash incinerator, no matter the wind. There was a rumor that a little girl that had gone missing (I think Melissa Gordan) was kidnapped from Woodside by the maintenance man and ended up in the dumpster at the Sev on Rt 1. Bunch of sick fucks used to hang in that area, glad I finally I got outta there, bunch of low lifes.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Wolf Trapper ()
Date: December 29, 2009 01:42AM


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: JUT ()
Date: December 29, 2009 02:57PM

Go down Gunston Road. The rednecks are all still there. and they are wonderful

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: curtis jewell ()
Date: June 12, 2010 11:52AM

It was Hillbilly Heaven Donna and Dan sang there sometimes I used to be there every weekend. Earl Dixon was a riot. His other daughter also made movies. Great place good people. Got a bad reputation from people that did not go there. Never saw any one shot there and very few fights. Loved it

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Leroy ()
Date: June 13, 2010 12:17AM

Anybody remember Hunter's Lodge?
Seriously, where did all the rednecks go?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Well golllly ()
Date: June 13, 2010 02:40PM

Damn, western FFX, Chantilly was loaded with them and they've all moved to Loudoun County and help to make it feel just a little bit more like West Virginia.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Sue Davis ()
Date: February 18, 2011 03:19PM

You should be proud to be a redneck.. Some people have the wrong definition of a true redneck.. He/she is none other than a hard workin, take no crap kind of person... Farmers were a true redneck.. 15 jours a day in the fields with the sun burnin' down on their necks, thus REDNECK... What this world needs is a few more REDNECKS! Charlie Daniels sings it well... LONG live the REDNECKS! =)

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Date: February 18, 2011 03:54PM

TheMeeper = Shit Brown-Neck Morbidly Obese Queer

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Troll=Gay Denial ()
Date: February 18, 2011 07:53PM

Good old Troll...hoping you'd pick up some gay rough-trade construction workers on this thread?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Moose ()
Date: June 10, 2011 12:46PM

While stationed in the army at Ft Belvoir in 1969, I worked as a part-time bartender for Earl Dixon at Dixon's Steak and Pizza. It was a small bar with beer, live music, topless dancers and pretty good food. There were some fights and someone shot the front window out, but nobody ever died that I recall. I do know that I had a ball working there, and got a big kick our out Earl. He gave me a phrase that I still use to this day: "There's an ass for every seat." He was referring to selling used cars, but it applies to a lot of things. RIP, Earl.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the Past ()
Date: June 10, 2011 02:05PM

I remember my Mom going there on weekends when I was a kid. Telling me stories later about her and Donna Dixon they were good friends in high school etc. At one time it was def the place to be. that and my Dad telling me the other hot spot was the Roller Rink in Alexandria, he saw Ozzy play there once.. LOL

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: wally pip jr. ()
Date: June 10, 2011 09:20PM

Man o' man that donna dixon was hot. Saw her a few times over at NVCC
what she see in that portly ackroyd fella?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 10, 2011 09:40PM

so when exactly did the place close down? I remember only it being an abandonded place - the only time I went up to it, you could see and old Ms Pac Man and Asteroids inside of it................

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Kay ()
Date: June 11, 2011 08:37AM

Interesting that a local Fairfax County gal, Donna Dixon, has developed a posh British accent late in life. Really. Find recent interviews of her to listen. Weird and sad.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: blast from the past ()
Date: June 11, 2011 04:58PM

Kay Wrote:
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> Interesting that a local Fairfax County gal, Donna
> Dixon, has developed a posh British accent late in
> life. Really. Find recent interviews of her to
> listen. Weird and sad.


Why weird and sad? Each to their own.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Kay ()
Date: June 12, 2011 07:08PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zGRTWc_wHw

Click on link and giggle at Donna's faux accent.

Hilarious, weird and sad. So, so fake.

I stand corrected; she sounds Irish.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: wally pip jr. ()
Date: June 12, 2011 07:24PM

That sounds like her voice from way back only slower
bosom buddies gets an award! geezus shit this is why i gave up cable cause of the worthless shit these cable channels program these days
bosom buddies was okay but really man

that's an interesting scar she has above her eyebrow d8mn that canadian ackroyd

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Old Time Fart ()
Date: June 12, 2011 07:52PM

There was a place further north on Route One in Hybla Valley called Brooks Motor Lodge. Right in front of the trailer park. I used to go to Shakeys Pizza right next door for the very cold beer and great pizza. You could always count on seeing a fight in the parking lot of Brooks.

Back in the 60-70s there were quite a few genuine redneck bars on the highway. I havent been down that way in some time but the last time I went there they had all been torn down or changed into Mexican restaurants.

I was a regular at the strip clubs down there too. 1320 Club, One South, Electric Circus and another one whose name I forget off Arlington Drive in the small shopping center.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 12, 2011 09:20PM

I dunno about sounding irish or whatevers.......
but she certainly doesnt sound like somebody who's daddy owned a CountryWestern bar on Route One named "Hillbilly Heaven" in this interview, THAT'S FOR SURE!!!

LoLz


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the past ()
Date: June 13, 2011 09:45AM

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.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: jonny loco ()
Date: June 13, 2011 07:02PM

what about JVs
rt 50 and graham rd?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 13, 2011 08:14PM

if two posts on a thread are a "Federal Case" to you, you really need to get out the house more, my friend............................................

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the Past ()
Date: June 15, 2011 07:32AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> if two posts on a thread are a "Federal Case" to
> you, you really need to get out the house more, my
> friend............................................



Thank you but I get out enough, I was stating my opinion just like the rest of you.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: assbeef ()
Date: June 15, 2011 03:37PM

i worked for earl back in the day.
some of us came back unfortunately..............

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 15, 2011 05:21PM

@Blast - ditto
LoLz

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 14, 2011 08:56PM

My grandmother owned hilbilly heaven before she sold it to Dixon, it was called Buck and Sues. It was a country store/grill/bar. My father was a bouncer for over 20 years at a couple of the country bars on Rt. 1, mostly at Christophers/Cow Palace(formerly green leaf) and Cavadoro's. There used to be tons of rough ass bars there. Alot of Marines at Hillbilly heaven on weekends. Alot of rednecks gettin there asses kicked.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: The Days ()
Date: July 14, 2011 10:11PM

Between the Roller Rink, Christophers/Cow Palace, Cavadoro's, Brooks Motor Lodge (the owner's son's name was Leon Brown if I remember correctly); and Hillbilly Heaven, you were guarantee a entertaining night! Those were the days that are sadly long gone. Now you go down Rt. 1 and you swear you crossed the U.S. border :(

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 14, 2011 11:55PM

If this idiot President gets his way there won't be a border.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Debbie Collie ()
Date: July 19, 2011 11:13PM

I was to young to get in Hillbilly Heaven but My uncle Shorty - Bill Loveless was there all the time - He worked for Earl at the car lot on in Stafford on Rt 1 and he use to tell us all kinds of stories about the bar - and there is where he meet and got to sing with Conway and his daughter and I remember all the kids and I know Earl has passed away and Roy is here in Wincheater - would love to see some pictures of the old place and that General Lee that use to be out front

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the Past ()
Date: July 21, 2011 04:55AM

The Days Wrote:
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> Between the Roller Rink, Christophers/Cow Palace,
> Cavadoro's, Brooks Motor Lodge (the owner's son's
> name was Leon Brown if I remember correctly); and
> Hillbilly Heaven, you were guarantee a
> entertaining night! Those were the days that are
> sadly long gone. Now you go down Rt. 1 and you
> swear you crossed the U.S. border :(


Wow that took me back to a long time ago ...LOL .... you left out breakfast at Toddle House or even Magic Skillet :) ..... Anyone remember the name of the hotel that used to across from Magic Skillet????

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: mt v ()
Date: July 21, 2011 12:49PM

It was the Mt V motel. I miss Elsie and the Magic Skillet

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the Past ()
Date: July 22, 2011 06:39AM

mt v Wrote:
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> It was the Mt V motel. I miss Elsie and the Magic
> Skillet


LOL ....Thats right I never stayed there just remember when I was a kid I thought it was the biggest house I had ever seen.....

The M Skillet is still there though :)

I grew up on Rt 1 , I can remember when Beacon Mall was really a indoor mini mall, and Dixie Pig!!! LOL I use to tease my Mom because her nickname was Dixie... anyway

I can remember a bar my Dad would always go too, that is still there by were Toddle House use to be, It always changed Names LOL ...Last I recall it was Huggie Bears

The Drive Inn Movie Theater was the first time I saw my Favorite movie of all time

GREASE .....LOL


It is weird all the changes that have happened over the years, Route One when I was younger was not like it is now. As far as the crime etc believe it or not.

I can also recall every Sat night at 11pm my Aunt and I would always go meet her 2 BFF's for coffee and a doughnut ( Hot coco for me lol ) .... We would sit outside on the wall. You can't do that now :(

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: mt v ()
Date: July 22, 2011 12:29PM

I'm grateful Krispy Kreme is still there.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 22, 2011 01:00PM

The bar by the toddle house was Winchesters...then Zeds. I grew up on rt. 1 also and remember the dixie pig. My mom also ran the snack bar at the drive in for years.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Ray Price ()
Date: July 22, 2011 01:17PM

did a band called Heavy Country ever play Hillbilly Heaven I seem to remember that name from passing by Hunter's Lodge a lot

Anybody remember a gentleman named Mike Kelso(?) had a bookstore on route 1 for many years


Seems to me there was an article in the Washington City Paper a number years ago talking about the author trying to track down the original sign for the Dixie Pig and in his travels to find the sign he went to many of the places mentioned in previous posts

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Blast from the past ()
Date: July 23, 2011 02:42AM

I forget also about Penguin Feather....LOL , also there used to be a Dairy Queen that looked like the old ones from the 50's, across from Beacon Mall, which i also miss Poor Pauls pizza

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 24, 2011 02:11PM

the penguin feather was across from cherry arms apartments. there were alot of head shops back then. Rainbow tree in annadale.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: BucknellTiger ()
Date: July 24, 2011 02:38PM

The Dairy Queen was actually a couple blocks south of the mall just past what was the Shaw Office building. The old man would drop that chocolate shell on the three-scooper like a champ. He had a little pull behind trailer on the same lot that he lived in at one point (at least that was the kid fable.) We used to load up there and then ride down to "The Desert" behind the phone company building on Popkins Ln. and ride our dirt bikes until the heads would chase us out of there.

The Zed's bar was owned by Dennis Maruk (called it Maruk's) for a while before anyone around here gave a damn about the Caps. You could catch some of the players there when they were in town-- good dudes. Where the Fast Eddie's is now used to be a little dive called Tim and Ikes? You could walk across Rt. 1 from the duck pin bowling alley that is now a textile shop.

Poor Paul's was my favorite greasy pie in the area and he always had decent video games. Right across the mall was the People's Drug where there were some other decent games, too. That was the choke point for kids (movie theater was right there too) and at one point they had to hire some half-ass mall cop to keep the kids from getting too rowdy.

Good stuff.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 24, 2011 03:01PM

Haha...I played for Bucknell in the late 60's early 70's. Then I coached there in the late 80's. I was there when James Funderburk integrated it with the kids from Gum Springs. Anyway...do you remember the walk in theater in Woodlawn that used to show midnight movies like..Jimi hendrix "rainbow Bridge", "the song remains the same", "Bambi vs. Godzilla" and "Reefer Madness"?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: BucknellTiger ()
Date: July 24, 2011 04:07PM

No... you have me by a few years. I played in the late 70s and early 80s. Gum Springs had their own club at the Rec Center down there off of Fordson and Woodlawn had a team down at Walt Whitman (now the islamic school.)

It was pretty wild at Bucknell LL back then-- games and practices were at Bryant Intermediate. The trailer park kids walked through one hole in the fence back by the hill, the Cherry Arms kids walked through another hole in the fence on the upper level and the Mt. Vernon Sq. kids had another hole down in the outfield of the baseball field. Us Bucknell kids weaved through the back streets and cut through The Desert to the front door.

Quite a wild bunch of knuckleheads up there then, but the parents made it great for all of us. Ft. Hunt and LFFL had all the money but we didn't mind the smelly, mildewed jerseys and pants they crammed in that little closet inside Bryant. (we may have worn the same jerseys, 15 years apart.) The Tiger Bowl was the big game at the end of the year, with the winner taking home the big trophy and the loser taking that little mini, attendance trophy.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: usmarine7985 ()
Date: July 24, 2011 04:18PM

I've coached at both Ft. Hunt and LFFL. Gum Springs used to be the Waynewood Wolverines until Funderburk moved the kids to Bucknell in '70 I think. Mr. Farmer was the commissioner at the time I played. I remember kicking money clubs asses, like the Vienna Raiders. Rt. 1 used to be a wild place.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: BucknellTiger ()
Date: July 24, 2011 06:54PM

If that is the same Farmer that has the wild holiday decorations over in the neighborhood behind the Wendy's on Rt. 1, they were a great Groveton family. His son was also heavily involved in the local sports scene, and did a lot of coaching and sacrificing for the kids in his day. Really nice people.

When I was in the league the commissioner was Mr. Price (George?) He had a son named Ron who was a good ball player, and the mom did a lot for the league, too. A man named Livingston used to set up his PA system at the field and call every home game for every weight class. He knew all the kids names and really worked hard to make it a big deal for the players. Back then there were a lot of really good families who went all out for the kids... lots of great memories.

I think all the money kids from Hollin Hills, Belle Haven, Mason Hill, etc. are playing Ft. Hunt now, so the make-up of Bucknell (like a lot of things along Rt. 1) has changed drastically. We used to have a really good mix of everybody, but the neighborhoods have changed quite a bit.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: FunAndGames ()
Date: July 25, 2011 12:52PM

I dont remember the Midnight Movie. I was born in 1973. I think we lived everywhere on Rt 1 , Growing up I remember we has Apts at Buckman Road, Mt. Vernon Apts behind Alidi's, Beacon Hill, Mt Vernon Square ...LOL ... I remember going to Pre School at The Sondra B Moon Center, Then Mt Vernon Woods, then Groveton Elem... Like I was saying before I miss Old Beacon Mall, Drive-Inn, Dixie Pig, Godfather's Pizza though Poor Paul's was better LOL

Those were the days... Back then you didn't have to worry about crime the way you do now. I can remember is was nothing for my Mom and I to walk at night to Beacn Mall cutting through the back parking lot, It was kinda like everyone knew everyone...

I do remember though us kids were always afraid of this old guy who used to walk with a cane on the Hiway they called him " Old Man Walter" of course I found out later he was harmless ,,,,LOL

" It's all Fun and Games till Someone gets Hurt "

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: BucknellTiger ()
Date: July 25, 2011 04:11PM

Speaking of Rt. 1 characters... in the late 70's there was a big, albino black guy who used to wander up and down Rt. 1 near Beacon Hill with big, thick glasses on and a brown paper bag under his arm. We used to break his balls, yelling "REDBONE" (from a safe distance of course) and he would scream back "I'll kill you little mother f*ckers!"

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Big Mac ()
Date: July 25, 2011 04:14PM

Was a big sign out front "Not responsable for life or limb"

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: how bout ()
Date: July 28, 2011 12:19PM

How about the old Hiedleburg (and the fire at Hiedleburg)

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Route 1 Mount vernon ()
Date: August 05, 2011 12:06AM

pete1972 Wrote:
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> Did anyone here on FU ever go to Hillbilly Haven
> (or was it heaven) on Rt.1 in Lorton?
>
> I'm assuming that it was a complete dive, but did
> it live up to the reputation of those of us in
> high-school in the mid 80's as the kind of bar
> that came straight out of the movie Road House?
>
> When did it close? By the time I'd turned legal,
> I had forgotten about it and never went by to see
> if I could lose an eye in a broken bottle fight.
>
> Where did they get their clientelle from during
> it's heyday (I didn't know of any rednecks in
> fairfax county in the 80's, even in Lorton)?
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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: olddays ()
Date: August 05, 2011 01:06AM

Check out some of these articles about Hillbilly Heaven, there's a blog called NOVA: Our Redneck Past and features a lot of cool stuff about Fairfax way back when. Features info on old restaurants, clubs, the Pagans MC, and even articles about the KKK's involvement with hosting the Fairfax County Fair. Anyways here's some stuff about Hillbilly Heaven
http://ourredneckpast.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-hillbilly-heaven-earned-reputation.html

This was an article about someone who was searching for information about the old Dixie Pig in Alexandria. Talks about Hillbilly Heaven and Jim's Country Club as well
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/11150/lost-highway

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: August 05, 2011 06:00AM

History of Dixie Pig:

http://gwhsaa.com/st-dixie-pig.html

Also, a few years ago they were considering opening another one:

http://www.norvapics.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=99



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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Mike Z. ()
Date: August 06, 2011 10:25PM

wrong info,, to My Recolection HILLBILLY HEAVEN was Oned by Donna,Roy,and Sherrie's Dad n mom, EARL and RUTH DIXON

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: FunAndGames ()
Date: August 07, 2011 12:18AM

Mike Z. Wrote:
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> wrong info,, to My Recolection HILLBILLY HEAVEN
> was Oned by Donna,Roy,and Sherrie's Dad n mom,
> EARL and RUTH DIXON


Your Recollection is right. But we had been talking about other Places on Richmond hwy, prob why they mentioned Dixie Pig :)

" It's all Fun and Games till Someone gets Hurt "

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: git1 ()
Date: August 10, 2011 09:01PM

Hillbilly heaven played there many times,backed up Dan Aykroyd,Jonie twitty & mike
Twitty played there,Johny Paycheck played there,Marvin Rainwater,played there,his brother owned raiwater concreete on the hill behind HH .& yes there were fights at hh saw many,saw no shootings,

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Carol ()
Date: October 08, 2011 12:40PM

W ent to Hillybilly Heaven Many times in the 70's. Sang there a few times myself. Does anyone remember a local band called J C Slick and the Goodtimers?
Trying to find out what happened to those guys....any info, please respond. Thanks

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: nick chams ()
Date: October 27, 2011 09:22AM

I used to go there when I was working in the area and loved the place. I got to know the Dixons and Sherrie. She was the reason I always went there! Her parents were great to me, watched Sherrie and Roy sing, and met Donna when she was back from Cali.

Sherrie and I used to play the Dig Dug game all the time!

Great memories and if anyone knows where Sherrie is, lets me know, Id love to say hello to her!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Doc ()
Date: November 17, 2011 08:24PM

Old Virginia City, Partners Two, Hunters Lodge, Christopers, Hibilly Haven, Green Dolphin, Horse an Buggy, Travs, Clen Echo, Marshal Hall, Freestone, Clifton, just to name a few places you'd run into Patsy Cline, Arthur Godfrey, Roy Clark, Jimmy Dean, Lester Flatt, Carter's and I ain't talkin Jimmy Peanut, Stanley's just to name a few....I miss 'em... I miss being a cowboy... some people call it redneck....we call it country....was a great time to be old enough to enjoy simple pleasures....25 cents a beer....32 cents for a gallon of gas... 35 cents for a pack of smokes

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Doc ()
Date: November 17, 2011 08:37PM

Oh I almost forgot...the only gunplay I remember was when I blew the urnal off the wall unloading a friends Baretta...it was new just out, one I'd never seen before and he had one in the pipe....the rest is just spilled water on the floor pretty funny stuff....

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: the ghost of Gordon blvd. ()
Date: November 18, 2011 05:20AM

Does anyone remember the old WNVT/WNVC tv channel 53/56 showing on Saturday nights a program that was filmed at Hunters Lodge? I seem to recall it was on air for several years in the 1980's.

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Re: Earl Dixon
Posted by: Dr Smith ()
Date: November 25, 2011 04:16PM

FYI, Earl Richard Dixon, affectionately known as "Tubby," was a 1951 graduate of the old George Washington High School in Alexandria and a member of the varsity football team. He was known for his booming straight-on place kicking skills. Surely the largest guy on the team, "Tubby" was a lineman on both offense and defense, and was several times named to Virginia high school all-state rosters.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon's Blvd. ()
Date: November 29, 2011 02:49AM

Will Tubby's kicking shoe show up on ebay anytime of Darling Donna is holding on to it

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Waqert ()
Date: November 29, 2011 03:14AM

We all want to know

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: e kesock ()
Date: January 02, 2012 08:31AM

iam 40 grewup in woodbridge va been here all my life went 2 h/h wasent even 17 had a great time love the area

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: lounge lizard ()
Date: January 02, 2012 08:42AM

Back in the day route one was filled with redneck bars, now they are all hispanic. Same deal though lots of drinking and fighting, cops always around.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Sunshine Parker ()
Date: January 17, 2012 04:37AM

God I loved that place. Used to go dancing there and listen to Country Music!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Pearl ()
Date: June 01, 2012 09:01PM

Hello worked for Earl @ Dixon's & Hillbilly Heaven. Remember Donna out of High School & saw Roy Jr Play his music. Different times good & bad but still remember so much haha. Still remember Conway Twitty being there-George Jones--lots of great music. I worked @ Dixon's as a bar tender. Still remember the bikers coming in but I always loved people & all worked out. Very different times & people? I still think of the time there & glad I was there. Yes many rednecks ? just one enjoying life. I still remember being under the table @ Hillbilly's when all got their oats hehe. 66yrs old here & still love to hear the old

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: alice ()
Date: August 21, 2012 05:59PM

He had money..and could get her jobs..just looks no talent

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: LortonGirl ()
Date: November 27, 2012 09:45AM

Does anyone remember a band that played at HH in '89 or '90 called 4 Runner?
They were out of N. Carolina, I believe. The lead singer's name is Terry.
I have thought about him for 25 years.. lol

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Private Eye Guy ()
Date: November 27, 2012 09:46AM

LortonGirl Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember a band that played at HH in
> '89 or '90 called 4 Runner?
> They were out of N. Carolina, I believe. The lead
> singer's name is Terry.
> I have thought about him for 25 years.. lol

Have you ever told him you had his kid?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: icu2 ()
Date: November 27, 2012 09:10PM

nod to our redneck past
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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Bill Hayes ()
Date: November 28, 2012 10:02AM

It was a "no nigger" place. Nice. Earl made a fortune.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: November 28, 2012 11:24AM

nod to redneck intelligence

or success eitherway LoLz



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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Red, White and Blue ()
Date: November 29, 2012 07:22AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> nod to redneck intelligence
>
> or success either way LoLz

Everything eventually dies.
Not a bad ass kicking joint of the time.
Real country music, a few broken noses and teeth.
The America I learned to love and hate.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: wenbsyiwll ()
Date: December 01, 2012 05:29PM

in fairfax?

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: taintbreaker ()
Date: February 20, 2013 01:57AM

I work in lorton at the cardinal concrete off mims st. do any of you know Mr. Mims? alot of the old guys talk about those bars. specially HH I am from the wrong time period. Im very sure good times were had by all around here. if anyone has more stories or images please share. im only 24 and most of this was long gone when i came around. just to throw it out there im hispanic, but all the bs that gives us a bad name is exactly what I hate.
cheers!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Jo Bob ()
Date: February 20, 2013 05:52PM


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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: FrogBard ()
Date: March 22, 2013 07:59PM

I remember the HH well. My mother was a performer there, and I was part of her act in the late 1970s.

Sherrie Dixon used to watch me, when Mom would perform. Always wondered how she was doing. I still remember riding around in her Trans-Am.

I remember the infamous bet between Kenny Price & one of the roadies, concerning chicken wings. HH ran out of chicken wings that night, and the roadie edged out Kenny- just barely.

I remember "Little" Jimmy Dickens, and the night I told all his jokes. He had to find me later & explain that I stole all his material.

I remember how I got paid in quarters- usually went all into the arcade games. They had a pinball machine that scared the crap out of me, as a little kid.

RIP Hillbilly Heaven, & RIP Earl Dixon. Those days are gone, forever. You live on in the memories of people who knew you.

-"Little" Archie Wayne

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Susie Decker ()
Date: April 07, 2013 10:41PM

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....

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Susie Decker ()
Date: April 07, 2013 11:11PM

Here's some good memories!! I hope you all enjoy them!
BTW... does any one know what happened to the drummer Little Robbie?
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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Long Gone ()
Date: April 08, 2013 09:44AM

How long are you toothless, redneck losers going to obsess over this place? It's been gone for years. Get a life and let it go already!

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Roughbook ()
Date: April 09, 2013 12:46AM

Hillbillies GOOD.

Government overspending BAD.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: ChrisB ()
Date: August 14, 2013 09:02PM

Does anyone remember the Dixie Pig restaurant? My grandmother lived in Alexandria and I would get dragged there in the early 70's by my father.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: BBQ ()
Date: August 15, 2013 06:50AM

Does anyone remember a BBQ place that I went to once in 1982? It was good but I don't remember the name.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: Forgetful but not yet senile ()
Date: August 15, 2013 06:55AM

ChrisB Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember the Dixie Pig restaurant? My
> grandmother lived in Alexandria and I would get
> dragged there in the early 70's by my father.

Yes, I remember. Your father was a very intelligent man but you were a little shit.
And Dixie Pig was a fine food establishment.

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Re: Hillbilly Haven on rt 1
Posted by: 2252me1 ()
Date: August 15, 2013 04:19PM

It burned down.

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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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