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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:37PM

Spuntino's. Definitely. I got the name confused with a great pizza place near Warrenton that we always stop at when we return from whatever takes us out there (usually going to Shenandoah).

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:38PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> I want to say the Burke Lake Road overpass over
> the railroad tracks happened in the late 80's. I
> recall going down the part of Burke Rd. by the
> 'hidden shopping center', and crossing over the
> tracks there to continue on Burke Rd. heading
> west. But perhaps that was after the overpass but
> before they put the 2nd (northern) light for B.R.
> and B.L.R.
>
> When did they disconnect the two part of Old Burke
> Lake Rd. (the small part that goes through the
> shopping center area, and the longer one
> accessible from Lake Braddock Dr.)


IIRC, the overpass was built in '87 or '88. I'm pretty sure the split happened around the same time as the overpass was put in (or shortly after). As has been said, the overpass was to get rid of the two grade-level RR crossings (at Burke Road and Burke Lake Road). The backup in the morning would extend up (the then two lane) Burke Lake Road to Shiplett (and sometimes past Shiplett). Coming from Lee Chapel / OKM Roads, we'd either take OKM to Rolling or Roberts to Guinea to get to school (LB) vs. taking the more direct Burke Lake to avoid the traffic. Even after the overpass was built, Burke Lake Rd was reduced to two lanes just past Coffer Woods. I don't recall when it was finally widened to four lanes all the way to BCP...must've been after I left the nest and made my way into the real world.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:43PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> I want to say the Burke Lake Road overpass over
> the railroad tracks happened in the late 80's. I
> recall going down the part of Burke Rd. by the
> 'hidden shopping center', and crossing over the
> tracks there to continue on Burke Rd. heading
> west. But perhaps that was after the overpass but
> before they put the 2nd (northern) light for B.R.
> and B.L.R.
>
> When did they disconnect the two parts of Old
> Burke Lake Rd. ? (the small part that goes through
> the shopping center area, and the longer one
> accessible from Lake Braddock Dr.)

a little bit after "wall" was built. Traffic thru Burke was pretty bad, and came to a halt when a train would come thru. What really sucks though, is that VDOT pretty much just sprang the wall up on everybody - nobody really knew that their town (hell, their shopping center) was gonna be cut in half like that....................
(edit) ...............um, what he/she said LoLz ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/27/2011 02:44PM by Gordon Blvd.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:12PM

Why didn't they build it around the shopping center? This wouldn't be such a crazy turn and it's nothing compared to the turn on Burke Road.
Attachments:
burke lake road.jpg

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: herewegoagain ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:16PM

Does anyone remember the movie theater at Rolling Valley Mall? I think it was on the end where Ross is now. My brother and I walked there one time to see Karate Kid when it was released. The original, so this would have been in '84.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:21PM

Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer to. What's this?

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form=LMLTCC

Bonus points if you don't zoom out.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:29PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer
> to. What's this?
>
> http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=
> 18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form
> =LMLTCC
>
> Bonus points if you don't zoom out.


The old Cement Factory.


EDIT, Damn, Im wrong. I was thinking of the place thats nestled behind the public storage place at the corner of 123 and the FC Parkway.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/27/2011 03:30PM by JBass.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:30PM

Had to zoom out and I still don't know what that is. I used to go down that service road to, uh, smoke cigarettes (or something like that) but never knew what that lock and key complex is. In high school I was actually going down that road one night to smoke, uh, cigarettes and someone hit us from behind. The guy was the son of a cop and told us not to go to Accotink because they were doing foot patrols there. So we went to our LB basketball game instead. It was at that game that I didn't plan to go to that I met my wife who was a cheer leader for the other school

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:30PM

Is it still in use or abandoned?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:31PM

Chris Wrote:
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> Had to zoom out and I still don't know what that
> is. I used to go down that service road to, uh,
> smoke cigarettes (or something like that) but
> never knew what that lock and key complex is. In
> high school I was actually going down that road
> one night to smoke, uh, cigarettes and someone hit
> us from behind. The guy was the son of a cop and
> told us not to go to Accotink because they were
> doing foot patrols there. So we went to our LB
> basketball game instead. It was at that game that
> I didn't plan to go to that I met my wife who was
> a cheer leader for the other school

Awesome!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:46PM

herewegoagain Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember the movie theater at Rolling
> Valley Mall? I think it was on the end where Ross
> is now. My brother and I walked there one time to
> see Karate Kid when it was released. The
> original, so this would have been in '84.

Went there many a time as a kid. It was inside the mall, just to the right of where Shoppers is now. Among the movies I recall seeing there were Prophecy, Black Stallion, Scanners, and that one at the mausoleum w/ the round silver ball with spikes on it that flew through the hallways looking for heads to drill into. The name completely escapes me right now.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:47PM

Wow there are a lot of good stories on this thread. I went to Robinson and just banged cheerleaders there and at Lake Braddock since my neighborhood sat right on the line. There was always good *cigarettes* to be had in Burke though. Ahh the good old days.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Buck ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:47PM

The picture is of the Washington Gas propane plant, growing up in Kings Parks we use to go down the service road to Lake Accotink, Growing up my neighbor worked there and it's still in use.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:48PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer
> to. What's this?
>
> http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=
> 18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form
> =LMLTCC
>
> Bonus points if you don't zoom out.

Based on the train tracks, I'd have to say it's near Interstate Van Lines or near where Guinea crosses the train tracks -- near where the VRE is? Sorry, I'm going to have to zoom. No points for me. :-|

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:59PM

Re: Rolling Valley Mall...the main anchor store was Woolco - where the Ross is now.

New trivia question:

What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre students attend before Terra Centre was built, back when Burke Centre was a new community, circa 1979?

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Posted by: chuckhoffmann ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:01PM

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/07/2014 04:09AM by chuckhoffmann.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:02PM

I'm not going to disclose my real identity but what are the odds that we all know eachother or certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some point in time?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:05PM

The deli was Spuntino's. It was run by a guy named Yannis. He closed the place after arguing with the landlord over his lease.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:09PM

Chris Wrote:
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> I'm not going to disclose my real identity but
> what are the odds that we all know eachother or
> certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some point
> in time?


Lol, interesting question - but I'd be the answer is "pretty low". Unless you also attended Cherry Run in the 80's and 90's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:09PM

@Mrs. Burke - The school for Terra Centre was...Burke School (guessing here -- our neighborhood went there as well before our school was built in 1974).

@Chris - you may be right: smokes and/or beverages. All I'll share is LB 86.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:16PM

Mrs. Burke Wrote:
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>
> What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre
> students attend before Terra Centre was built,
> back when Burke Centre was a new community, circa
> 1979?


Burke School, before it was turned into an alternative learning center (or whatever it's called) ?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: burke transfer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:40PM

I remember the traffic circle near what is now the Target Store. Instead of a concrete and asphalt center it was old used tires painted white and staked up in the middle
thanks to the other posters for reminding me of the Burke past.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:49PM

Huntington Wrote:
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> The deli was Spuntino's. It was run by a guy
> named Yannis. He closed the place after arguing
> with the landlord over his lease.

Any more info? Did he open a new restaurant somewhere else? I'd drive up to 50 miles for one of their veal parmesan subs.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old local geezer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:57PM

We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown Burke, across from the old fire station. They had a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking up bales of hay on their property. They had an old barn and silo across from their home.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:59PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Mrs. Burke Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre
> > students attend before Terra Centre was built,
> > back when Burke Centre was a new community,
> circa
> > 1979?
>
>
> Burke School, before it was turned into an
> alternative learning center (or whatever it's
> called) ?

Rolling Valley Elementary on Barnack Road in West Springfield. Quite a haul back in the day!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:59PM

the painted tires traffic circle!!! VDOT in their early love affair with Roundabouts here. If it worked for Kings Park, it could work EVERYWHERE, right? LoLz

how many Metrobuses got stuck on that damn thing?

oh, and the waiting for the 50-car coal train to pass at the old railroad crossing.

And all of us wanting to riot cause Target took out that patch of forest.................which, of course nobody remembers anymore :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old local geezer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:01PM

Ooops...typo...obviously that should be "barn".....anyone remember Jonah Shortt a ferrier?...used to apprentice with him.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:01PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station. They had
> a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning
> dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf
> station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking
> up bales of hay on their property. They had an old
> barn and silo across from their home.


Wow! Now that's some great stuff.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Thisandthat ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:08PM

BurkeBorn Wrote:
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> Where is the dividing line between Burke and
> Fairfax Station? It is 123 right?


I don't think so because Fairview has a Fairfax Station mailing address.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:12PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Chris Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm not going to disclose my real identity but
> > what are the odds that we all know eachother or
> > certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some
> point
> > in time?
>
>
> Lol, interesting question - but I'd be the answer
> is "pretty low". Unless you also attended Cherry
> Run in the 80's and 90's


I smoked a few quote cigarettes back in the day. I was fairview, same timeframe



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Cygnusx1 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:24PM

Does anyone remember the house at the far end of Burke Center Parkway (towards rolling valley) with a white fence and friggin goats? The goats were right out on the edge of the parkway. This was early 80's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 09:00PM

What I remember:


7-11 in the old house @ Burke/Burke Lake Rds
Highs Convenience stores
Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
Roy Rogers, now McD's @ the same plaza
The Overpass built in 1987ish over Burke
And the rest of the road being widened in 1989...
I remember 123 being 2 lanes - not just from the PW line to Burke Lake, but 2 lanes into Fairfax!
The farm, before Pohick Library
The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake Rd and BC Pkway
Amaco gas station when they used to do "service" work - then they ripped it down (maybe around 87?) to make the quick fuels
Being able to make a left turn out of the McD's parking lot and head east on OKM road. This was back when it was a 2-way stop sign, not the traffic light today!
My family member writing to the USPS, asking for a drive-up window for the "new" post office - they built it...
Woolworths, Dart, and other stores come and go from Rolling Valley Mall... What was the name of that record and tape store in the mid-80s?
Traffic jams into Burke Lake Park - when Burke Lake Park was THE place to go after school...
When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake Bay Seafood House was next door...
The white Corvette a guy borrowed one night at a party and totaled along Burke Rd. late one night (1990)
Late night bonfires - back when nobody in the county cared...

I could go on.... and on...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 09:23PM

@20039- oh WOW Chuck E Cheese at Burke Town Plaza - wow, that WAS back in the day..................and 123 being two lanes - do you remember the school bus mailbox Fairview used to have? The old country stores that still stood abandoned at Silverbrook Rd, another at Henderson Rd? 123 was 4 lanes after Mason was built but only from university to Braddock. Got widened down to Burke Centre in 84/85, i think. I remember the old railway bridge, painted green.

and HEY!!! does anybody remember Death Camp? I only went there thru back trails, but apparently, you could get to it thru Poplar St (which DAMN, isnt even on Google Maps) and the railroad tracks. Some of y'all have GOT to know what I'm talking about. bonfires and wrecked cars. where now McMansions stand.

Poplar St is/was (i dunno) the side street that you can only get to from the Southbound lanes of Ox Rd, just after the railroad bridge but before Burke Centre Pkwy. Used to be a hella-popular veggie stand there, run out of an old school bus. I think the owner killed himself and the family stopped the business soon after that :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:05PM

I also remember the county collecting citizens trash at Burke Elem. School and the corner of Rt. 123/Silverbrook - it was a free service...

I remember an old gravel road to get to the TV tower in the 22039 however, now you turn into Fairfax Station (the subdivision) and again at the pool...

I remember 3 or 4 houses in that community bulldozed for the parkway/123 widening.

...what else?

The firehouse in the tent for Burke.

The three poles in Burke Lake park you could climb and ring the bell. Someone must've fallen off and sued. The poles are gone...

The old 7-11 which is not a pool cleaning svc. and was some kind of church, in between...

When the landscaping co. next door, was an auto repair place. Mostly VWs and old junkers - before all those roads were realigned...

The Buggy Man off Hooes - wait, he's still there...

Riding dirt bikes from the powerlines off OKM near Sydenstricker all the way down past South Run park, crossing Rt. 123, and over to Henderson...

Having field parties before Crosspointe was built in the old farm house which remained behind Evans Farm. That fun ended around 1992...

Four-wheeling where the retirement home now sits off 7900. We bought a junker for $125.00 and had the time of our lives back there, playing Dukes of Fairfax... Yee haw! That fun ended around 1997...

Watching the drag races on Manchester Lakes - before the lakes we made...

The roller rink off Franconia Rd - but that was only when we wanted out of "our part of town" and slummed past Edison...

What else... Hayfield and Loisdale pits... Etc.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:43PM

Just for the record, I've never actually smoked anything, lol.


OK, technically West Springifled, but how many different places has that big building with the semi-circle arch on the Southeast corner of Rolling and Old Keene Mill Rd. been? Remember when it was that distinctive blue color (with a hint of green) ?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:46PM

that TV tower used to be the original studio for what was then the NEW B-106! which is currently 106.7 The Fan.

that roller rink in Franconia. Wow, that building still stands, doesnt it? behind that gas station.

Reston used to have a roller rink too - when did that get bulldozed.

There was one in Dale City, but I think it got demolished long before Potomac Mills.................................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:07PM

Okay, there is way too much stuff from the past on here for me to comment, but I am loving it! To Chris (I think) to my knowledge, Yannis never relocated. During the lease negotiations he was also going through a bad divorce, custody issues over his little girl and little boy. They used to be at the deli all the time on Saturday mornings, I worked in the shopping center back then. He was a very abrassive guy, but nice once you got to know him. He worked really hard and he was pissed when the landlord wanted more rent. To this day, my husband and I miss Spuntino's deli so much, as do lots of our fellow LB friends. That was such a damn good deli, nothing else out there like it. The Quizno's that opened up a few doors down is shit. And I do remember when the Glory Days was Chuck Cheese, I think one of my sisters had a birthday party there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: technically springfield ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:25PM

i know this was technically in Springfield and not Burke, but hopefully people won't mind too much..

Remember how awesome the old wooden playground at Orange Hunt was? That place was the best, though I guess it started falling apart and too many kids were getting splinters and all that and they finally had to take it down. They don't really make wooden playgrounds like that anymore, which is kind of a shame.

While on the topic of school related memories, does anyone remember how schools used to do this "safe house" program? Families would put this purple star with an orangey-red background card thing in their window I suppose to indicate that it was a safe house to go to in case a child got locked out of their own house. I know that at least Hunt Valley Elementary did this, not so sure about other schools..

I haven't seen any of these "window stars" in quite a while and it's not a surprise with the way people are so afraid of everyone anymore.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:28PM

technically springfield Wrote:
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> i know this was technically in Springfield and not
> Burke, but hopefully people won't mind too much..
>
> Remember how awesome the old wooden playground at
> Orange Hunt was? That place was the best, though I
> guess it started falling apart and too many kids
> were getting splinters and all that and they
> finally had to take it down. They don't really
> make wooden playgrounds like that anymore, which
> is kind of a shame.
>
> While on the topic of school related memories,
> does anyone remember how schools used to do this
> "safe house" program? Families would put this
> purple star with an orangey-red background card
> thing in their window I suppose to indicate that
> it was a safe house to go to in case a child got
> locked out of their own house. I know that at
> least Hunt Valley Elementary did this, not so sure
> about other schools..
>
> I haven't seen any of these "window stars" in
> quite a while and it's not a surprise with the way
> people are so afraid of everyone anymore.

You make two good points. That playground was awesome! A gigantic wooden maze. At least it felt gigantic when you were a little kid. Sometimes the only way you knew where you were was by the painted drawings at various parts inside. Fond memories.

And yeah, I haven't seen those starred houses in quite awhile. I wonder what happened to that program...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burkee ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:39PM

Our family purchased our home in Burke back in 1973/74, just off Shiplett Blvd. Back then, Shiplett didn't connect to Burke Lake Road. The road used to be blocked at Capella (and further down near Glenbard?) with huge boulders. Some of those boulders now sit in the front yards of homes off Shiplett. I remember going to the old 7-11 in downtown Burke for glass bottle Dr. Pepper and a hot dog, sitting on the porch of the old store. After we moved into our house on Rockwell Court (White Oaks Elementary wasn't built then, it was all woods...), we would ride our bikes to where Capella hits Shiplett. From that corner all the way to Burke Lake Rd there were HUGE dirt mounds from construction. My brothers and I would ride up and down the dirt mounds, catching air. I loved horses as a young girl and remembered seeing people riding in the fields behind the Silas Burke house.

Anyone remember the one-lane bridge in downtown Burke? I spent half my childhood in the woods that creek ran through...the woods that went from the one-lane bridge, all the way down to Hatches Court. Back in those woods were old Civil War trenches, trees covered in barbed wire; we built forts back there and stayed in the woods all day long (it sucks my kids can't do that now...). We used to make rafts and run them down the creek, all the way to Hatches. The creek ran deep enough you could do that. When I was about 11 or 12 (1979), I started horseback riding and used to work at Hatches Stables. The lady there would let me ride in exchange for pulling weeds from the horse paddocks. We used to skate out on Hatches pond in the winter, if it froze over enough. When they built the townhouse developments off Shiplette, the run-off and re-direction plugged up the creek and killed it. I was so pissed when I discovered that, years later.

We used to go to the movie theater at Rolling Valley Mall, as well as the A & P, and Dart Drug. As a kid, I used to ride my bike all over Burke, from Rockwell Court, through the trails in the "new" development of Burke Centre. As a kid I attended Old Keene Mill Elementary. Our school bus had to take a long route to cut from Burke to Springfield, because it wasn't allowed to cross the Burke rail road tracks. My first high school job was as a cashier at Bradlee's (now Walmart).

Another "big" thing was the construction of Old Keene Mill pool. Our family was original members (my parents still are!). I remember going to see the pool when it was nothing but a dug out hole in the ground....My parents still live in their original home in Burke, I think about this old stuff every time I drive over to visit.

Good memories.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:41PM

The playground at Orange Hunt was the shit! I went to Hunt Valley, and was SO jealous when that playground went in. BUT, Hunt Valley did have the BEST snow hill behind the school, when it snowed we were allowed to take the brown cafeteria trays and use them as sleds. Our principal (Mr. Luscavage) would ride down the hill with us. So much fun. I still see kids sledding down the hill at Irving and am suprised that the County allows it, what with lawsuits these days. Glad to see the kiddos can still have some fun.

And I remember those "safe house" stars. Were they orange with a blue outline of a house? They were all over Hadlow and Sydenstricker. I remember as a kid thinking "if a stranger or strange car pulls up, run to one of those houses".

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: technically springfield ()
Date: May 28, 2011 12:06AM

Huntington Wrote:
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> The playground at Orange Hunt was the shit! I
> went to Hunt Valley, and was SO jealous when that
> playground went in. BUT, Hunt Valley did have the
> BEST snow hill behind the school, when it snowed
> we were allowed to take the brown cafeteria trays
> and use them as sleds. Our principal (Mr.
> Luscavage) would ride down the hill with us. So
> much fun. I still see kids sledding down the hill
> at Irving and am suprised that the County allows
> it, what with lawsuits these days. Glad to see
> the kiddos can still have some fun.
>
> And I remember those "safe house" stars. Were
> they orange with a blue outline of a house? They
> were all over Hadlow and Sydenstricker. I
> remember as a kid thinking "if a stranger or
> strange car pulls up, run to one of those houses".


It's entirely possible that my memory is off and that the "safe house" cards were actually with an outline of a house (haven't seen one in years and google isn't showing anything).

I'm really enjoying this thread, especially the posts about the Rolling Valley Mall theater. I had no idea there was ever a movie theater there, wow!



Also at Rolling Valley Mall:
-Several years ago there was a party supply store located where the Staples or Petco is currently. Probably didn't last more than a few years.

-I remember when the Japanese restaurant was an actual sit-down Pizza Hut restaurant, and now there's just the pizza hut take out place on the corner next to Shoppers.

-Seems like the Total Crafts store was there forever..obviously it no longer exists.

-Also I recall a tiny little pet store there that had an indoor location, maybe next to Trak Auto, though that probably would have been something like 20 years ago and probably the type of place that didn't last more than a few years.

-The Crown Book store that was in the same shopping center-it was maybe there until the early to mid 1990s.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 28, 2011 02:09AM

Yeah, I remember the movie theater, the pizza place next door was run by the Vietnamese guy that had that famous shot in the head shot. I saw Raider's of the Lost Arc at that theater. The blond daughter got knocked up by the skeezy guy, he was so greasy.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 28, 2011 07:34AM

Total Crafts was there forever :) originally a Ben Franklin, just like the one @ Turnpike Shopping Center in Fairfax. The Crown Books and Trak Auto were both "in the Mall" whereas Dart Drug (parent company) was outside the entrance.

"Books cost too much....................":)


and the dude Snyder from One Day at a Time for Trak Auto.

damn, I'm dating myself...................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 28, 2011 08:07AM

Burkee Wrote:
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> Another "big" thing was the construction of Old
> Keene Mill pool. Our family was original members
> (my parents still are!). I remember going to see
> the pool when it was nothing but a dug out hole in
> the ground....My parents still live in their
> original home in Burke, I think about this old
> stuff every time I drive over to visit.
>

Are you talking about the pool on Orion off of Capella? Spent tons of my childhood there. When was it built? We joined in probably mid-80's.


And speaking of the sit-down Pizza Hut (now Shiro's) - we went there every week due to the Book-It program. I must say their scheme worked - free personal pan pizzas got me hooked on reading.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 28, 2011 08:13AM

I never knew Dulles was originally supposed to be where Burke Lake is now.................

http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/149/

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Re: Burke Trivia
Date: May 28, 2011 09:02AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> I never knew Dulles was originally supposed to be
> where Burke Lake is now.................
>
> http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/149/


That would have been a complete disaster!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: herewegoagain ()
Date: May 28, 2011 11:02AM

I'm going slightly off topic here, but a poster above made me think of this.

Anyone attend the Halloween party that was in the field where Crosspointe is now? It was at the farm that used to be on the corner of Silverbrook and 123 (back when 123 was still a 2 lane road). This would have been late 80's, maybe '87 or '88 I think. If you were there, you'd remember it. I think every cop in Fairfax County (including a helicopter) showed up to shut it down. It was even on the news the next day, with estimates that there were over 1000 kids there.

The land was sold shortly after that and Crosspointe went in a few years later.

Great thread!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 28, 2011 12:19PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> Total Crafts was there forever :) originally a Ben
> Franklin, just like the one @ Turnpike Shopping
> Center in Fairfax. The Crown Books and Trak Auto
> were both "in the Mall" whereas Dart Drug (parent
> company) was outside the entrance.
>
> "Books cost too much....................":)
>
>
> and the dude Snyder from One Day at a Time for
> Trak Auto.
>
> damn, I'm dating myself...................

I completely remember the dude, "snyder" at Trak Auto. Funny stuff!


I also remember OKM Pool, but was never a member. They had a fire in the late 80s at the gazebo, or something.



Now, who remembers the old 1/4 pipe ramp w/ the "lead-in" ramp built where Wilmington Drive used to dead-end - it was on the "newer home" side, not Burke Centre


While I am thinking, I recall we could have bought the parcel of land which was a farm off BCP for $325k. This was sold to a developer who tore down the barn and built townhomes. The rest of the land, is the Burke Centre Conservancy.

Great thread!!!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: May 28, 2011 03:10PM

Memories...

Burke Center Parkway Kohls. Someone mentioned it was a Hechingers before Kohls. Anyone remember what was before Hechingers. :)

I also remember riding my bike through Hadlow drive to Linden Tree Lane to get to the 7-11 which was right next to the lawnmower repair place. Fairfax County parkway took that down.

I also went to many movies at the Rolling Valley Mall theatre.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: May 28, 2011 03:30PM

I remember all of us "new" drivers from LB would try to get airborn just after going over the tracks.

Someone stated that they couldn't remember if Inga had the old 7-11 or not. She did.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBurke ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:40PM

Boston Market used to be called Boston CHICKEN...anyone remember that?

And that reminds me - BBQ World used to be a Church's Chicken.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: cc ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:48PM

THe house to the left of the nursery was moved from beside the railroad tracks in Burke (old burke lake road). Does anyone remember a house on the property between Burke Nursery and the gas station? It burned.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Rute Boye ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:56PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station.

Yep, it was "Handy Dandy Market #3", as I recall. I don't know where H-D Market #2 is/was, but the original Handy Dandy Market (#1) is still open in Woodbridge, at the corner of Occoquan Road and Horner Road.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 30, 2011 08:58AM

What else?

Aside from the 1/4 pipe ramp at the end of Wilmington Dr., there was another one off Henderson Rd. about 1/4 mile from 123.

I remember "bottoming out" in the big dip along silverbrook rd. between Hooes and 123 - it was filled and leveled out when the developers took over. Would have been just past where the CVS sits now, heading toward 123...

The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an overpass crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the road leading to the bridge. Always crashes there!

Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way to RT 123 as 2-lane rd...

Burke Centre McDonalds originally had a "Farm" motif - pictures of farmland, everywhere inside!

Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at a couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!

What else???

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 30, 2011 10:04AM

...in the 22039 Wrote:
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>
> The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an overpass
> crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the
> road leading to the bridge. Always crashes there!

My first experience with 1-lane bridges - sometimes you'd have to wait for probably 10 cars in front of you to take their alternating turns. And yeah, that curvy hill leading down was crazy!

> Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way to
> RT 123 as 2-lane rd...

I thought I remembered Pohick dead-ending at 123 in a T-shape in the middle of the woods (now a giant overpass) and Robert Carter spun off a little ways down. However, maybe it was a 4-way light - can anyone help me remember?

> Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at a
> couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when
> Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!

I haven't been there in years - but I found it so interesting that that McDonalds had a basement. However it was roped off like 95% of the time.



Now here's a trivia question (again, don't know answer): Can anyone tell me the historical reasons that led to that area of Robert Carter, Clara Barton and Havenner remaining in the Woodson (Frost, and Oak View) school district despite being completely surrounded by Robinson?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: May 30, 2011 10:42AM

mgnut Wrote:
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> Memories...
>
> Burke Center Parkway Kohls. Someone mentioned it
> was a Hechingers before Kohls. Anyone remember
> what was before Hechingers. :)
>
> I also remember riding my bike through Hadlow
> drive to Linden Tree Lane to get to the 7-11 which
> was right next to the lawnmower repair place.
> Fairfax County parkway took that down.
>
> I also went to many movies at the Rolling Valley
> Mall theatre.

Before Hechingers it was a farm. That was before Burke Centre had been built.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: great falls rugger ()
Date: May 30, 2011 11:08AM

One of the enduring mysteries of my Burke teenage years was the pizza place in Rolling Valley Mall. There was NEVER anyone in this place (not that you couldn't shoot an Uzi in that Mall and never worry about hitting anyone). The guy who owned it was later outed by the local media as the South Vietnamese general executing the prisoner in the famous photo. But the mystery of how a place that no person I ever knew set foot in could stay in business remained. My favorite theory was that it a front for the local Vietnamese mafia.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 30, 2011 11:35AM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> ...in the 22039 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> >
> > The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an
> overpass
> > crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the
> > road leading to the bridge. Always crashes
> there!
>
> My first experience with 1-lane bridges -
> sometimes you'd have to wait for probably 10 cars
> in front of you to take their alternating turns.
> And yeah, that curvy hill leading down was crazy!
>
> > Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way
> to
> > RT 123 as 2-lane rd...
>
> I thought I remembered Pohick dead-ending at 123
> in a T-shape in the middle of the woods (now a
> giant overpass) and Robert Carter spun off a
> little ways down. However, maybe it was a 4-way
> light - can anyone help me remember?
>
> > Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at
> a
> > couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when
> > Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!
>
> I haven't been there in years - but I found it so
> interesting that that McDonalds had a basement.
> However it was roped off like 95% of the time.
>
>
>
> Now here's a trivia question (again, don't know
> answer): Can anyone tell me the historical reasons
> that led to that area of Robert Carter, Clara
> Barton and Havenner remaining in the Woodson
> (Frost, and Oak View) school district despite
> being completely surrounded by Robinson?




Pohick Rd hit Rt 123 at a stop sign (I can still picture it in my mind) where cars could go straight across to Robert Carter, or left/right on 123.

The first one or two homes on each side going into the neighborhood were bulldozed in the early 90s for what would become the Fairfax County Parkway. That's right, the exit ramp from the Fairfax County Parkway where it meets 123 is right where those homes were.

Lester's towing was on the right hand side, just before Rt 123 and there was an old plant nursery on the left side.
The old plant nursery had all sorts of four-wheeling trails back into the woods. Then those houses came in the mid-90s...

Burke Lake Rd and Pohick Rd used to be a 4-way stop sign. Always a cluster- %$#& trying to get through there near 5 PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 30, 2011 09:06PM

The Robert Carter/Pohick Rd intersection was the first to get a light for the Fairfax Station neighborhood, years before the Clara Barton light. It was actually more like 3-5 homes that got bulldozed for the intersection, at least 2-3 more inside the neighborhood.

Pohick Rd has a TON of 4 way stops - one of the reasons the Parkway was built was the traffic at all those stops. Bonus points to whoever can name all the 4 ways stop signs (hint: Pohick, Rolling was a 3-way, but that's where the "fun" started)

Now let's see who remembers hanging out at the ORIGINAL Fairfax Station 7-11 at Butts Corners, or the nursery that used to be there - and how that intersection used to look. The "gas station" there was long abandoned when I got here, but does anybody remember when it was open, what sorta station it was?

And I'd still LOVE to hear if anybody ever went to those old country stores (123 and Silverbrook/123 and Henderson), what they were like.........................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 31, 2011 12:01AM

I can't name all of them (Hooes and 123 were two others though), but I want to say the 4-way stop at Lee Chapel and Pohick was one of the LAST to go?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:09AM

I think yr right...lasted all the way up to the Pkwy, I believe. Man, it seems soooooooooo long ago.Using Hooes Rd from Backlick to Pohick to get to 123 all to avoid 95 south.

Meanwhile, 95 south STILL SUCKS in the afternoon even more now LoLz

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 09:48AM

re: Halloween Party in future Crosspointe

Not sure if you're thinking of Turkey Bash in November '88. A fraternity at Mason hosted the party in the old farmhouse. 20+ kegs, folks all over the place and four wheeling across the field in a '78 Corrolla in order to escape when the cops showed up. At one point people were tearing down the walls, putting holes in the floor, etc. I'm surprised no one fell through the holes in the floor!

re: Rolling Valley Mall Pizza Hut

My sister did her best to make it a drive through. Shortly after getting her license she mistook the gas for the brake when pulling in and the next thing you know she drove into the wall. Whoops.

Good stuff...keep it coming folks!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 09:52AM

cc Wrote:
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> THe house to the left of the nursery was moved
> from beside the railroad tracks in Burke (old
> burke lake road). Does anyone remember a house on
> the property between Burke Nursery and the gas
> station? It burned.

I want to say that was the Dunford's place...right next door to the Shell (or what used to be a Shell -- across from 7-11).

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: May 31, 2011 12:04PM

I went to the original Burke School. Across the street there was as someone put it, “the Miller compound”. Yes, they had goats and chickens running around. Later they had hubcaps and things for sale in their yard. Went to school with their daughter “Jo Jo”.

The movie theatre at Rolling Valley was great. We use to go there and then getting spring rolls and a coke at the Vietnamese guys pizza joint. From there it was to the record store to browse the albums. You could kill a whole afternoon at Rolling Valley. Where the heck do kids go for fun these days?

Speaking of record stores, anyone remember the old mom and pop record store in Burke Center? It changed to a Music and Arts store eventually. The folks that ran the place were really nice.

Has the Five Star hair ever been anything but Five Star hair? I swear, out of all the places to come and go they seem to have lasted the longest.

Anyone remember Mr. Gatti’s? They had the best pizza in town, honest!

Peoples Drug!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: May 31, 2011 03:18PM

Chris Wrote:
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> Where was the only hotel in Burke located?

Where Burke Nursery stands now. It also had a race track with two softball fields in the center

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Ranger ()
Date: May 31, 2011 03:27PM

Have you heard about the gay men on bikes that meet for sex at Burke Lake Park?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Date: May 31, 2011 03:46PM

Delta Burke and hubby "Major Dad" Gerald McRaney celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on May 28th.

delta_burke18.jpg

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs burke ()
Date: May 31, 2011 05:19PM

Anyone remember shopping at the Burke Bradlees?

What was the name of the hair salon at RV Mall? Can't remember but got my first 80's perm there in 1984. Stylists included Donna and Fred and was owned by Lance Marciafava of House of Lance. Lance had a few salons, only one I remember was at the end of OKM/Rolling Giant shopping center (with NorthernVa Bank, Kinney's, People's).

This is driving me crazy...what was the name of the ice cream parlor built in the parking lot of RV Mall? Didn't last long, but recall going there after Homecoming in 85.

I can still see the shiny brown brick flooring in the RV Mall. They were slippery and hazardous. There used to be a Dress Barn at the mall until about early 90's.

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Date: May 31, 2011 05:25PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: May 31, 2011 05:31PM

I can recall when the Giant at Burke Center Shopping Center first opened up there was a lot of buzz about it being a "Gourmet Giant" which was something like a Whole Foods. However, i think it was just really large ruglar old Giant.

Where Golds Gym is on 123 near Burke Center Pkwy used to be "Fresh Fields" before that a Fantels. I think Whole Foods acquired Fields in the 90's but closed that location.

At the intersection of Burke Center Pkwy and 123 used to be Bills Farm Market. It was basically year round farmers Market. It closed after Bill comitted suicide. Anyone remember Bills real name?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 31, 2011 06:39PM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> I can recall when the Giant at Burke Center
> Shopping Center first opened up there was a lot of
> buzz about it being a "Gourmet Giant" which was
> something like a Whole Foods. However, i think it
> was just really large ruglar old Giant.
>
> Where Golds Gym is on 123 near Burke Center Pkwy
> used to be "Fresh Fields" before that a Fantels. I
> think Whole Foods acquired Fields in the 90's but
> closed that location.
>
> At the intersection of Burke Center Pkwy and 123
> used to be Bills Farm Market. It was basically
> year round farmers Market. It closed after Bill
> comitted suicide. Anyone remember Bills real name?


What the "Gourmet" meant was that they had tons of items available "bulk" outta the old brown barrels... They had nuts, dried fruits, candies, etc etc etc, all available by the scoop/pound. I remember kids at my school used to steal the kids belts off of the shopping carts and wear them as key/wallet chains.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 31, 2011 07:36PM

@ More Complete - the cleaners to the left of Safeway (and I guess the Safeway too LoLz) are also original members of that particular club as well

@ Funfax - before Fantles, it was a Dart Drug. There was a Trak Auto and a Crown Books also, to the right of it all. They outlasted the Dart Drug, but when it became a food store, they made it one whole unit. Also, you forgot that between Fantles and Fresh Fields, it was actually a Food Lion :)

The Burke Centre Giant had (has? i dunno) a LOT of stuff the other Giants didnt have. No, it wasnt a legit Gourmet Giant, but when it opened, they DID have a lot of delicacies. I remember how they had Cow Brains in the meat section when I first went in there.

Bet that wasnt a huge seller LoLz

but yeah, Bills Market was that nursery/food place that was run out of the old school bus (sorta) on Poplar St, next to the railroad tracks that I was tlaking about earlier. Thanks for that name.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 07:53PM

Mrs burke Wrote:
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> This is driving me crazy...what was the name of
> the ice cream parlor built in the parking lot of
> RV Mall? Didn't last long, but recall going there
> after Homecoming in 85.

That was Hilary's. Not sure how long it lasted, but it was good while it did.

We had an elementary band concert inside RVM in '79 or so. We set up on those risers and played to a packed audience consisting of our parents.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:48PM

Hilary's!! That's it. My local friends could not remember. Great place and I was surprised that it wasn't there longer. Shocking what retail survives in Fairfax County and what quickly shutters.

Off to research what I remember about the Helping Hand program that was referenced a few posts back. As a lifelong walker, it seems that I always knew to look for the helping hand in the window. I recall an actual hand graphic, similar to today's "walk" sign on orange poster board. The idea was that several houses near the route to school would have a Helping Hand mom volunteer who was guaranteed to be at home and could help in an emergency. Come to think of it, maybe we should bring this back, but can you imagine the liability today?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:55PM

...in the 22039 Wrote:
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> What I remember:
>
>
> Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
> The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake Rd and BC Pkway

> When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake Bay Seafood House was next door

What stands where that Chuck-e-Cheese used to be? By Miller, do you mean the brewery? And wasn't the movie theater downstairs at the current Jaxx location?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: June 01, 2011 12:58PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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>
> @ Funfax - before Fantles, it was a Dart Drug.
> There was a Trak Auto and a Crown Books also, to
> the right of it all. They outlasted the Dart
> Drug, but when it became a food store, they made
> it one whole unit. Also, you forgot that between
> Fantles and Fresh Fields, it was actually a Food
> Lion :)
>

Its surprising how many retailers have passed through that anchor spot in that shopping centers 25yr history. Those drug stores usuually carry a 10-15 year
leases, grocery stores 20-25 years and often without any rent increases.

Kind of sad to think that the area used to be a somewhat fun place to grow up until the mid-late 90's. It was suburban but with local/regional chains and or local family owned and there was still enough country left that a youngster could find go ol'e clean trouble such as 4 wheeling, dirt biking, field parties, etc. Not anymore though, everything has been bulldozed and developed. Now Fairfax is one giant unic....Oh well I guess thats progress....

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:15PM

Wasn't there a pet store at Rolling Valley Mall at one point?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:26PM

I remember Butt's corner 7-11. It was the best. Also, someone mentioned the little stores off 123 and I know it's a ways down but near the prison, there used to be a shop owned by an Asian Family. They sold Crazy Horse malt liquor and the rumor was that they didn't check IDs. One time, my friend bought with a terrible fake and then the lady (who was not the seller) started following us in a van. It was weird! Also, they had a really old man who would wander around the store kind of out of it. We always joked that he got a brain injury in the Vietnam war. Not really funny now that I think about it!

Speaking of the field party off 123 near silverbrook, LB had a similar party in Spring 1995. Seemed like the whole school was there. The guys who planned it would pick you up in a truck or mini-van and go off road through the woods and eventually get to the huge opening. There were balloons at the pick up location off 123 and everyone would park accross the street. It got busted too but it was epic! When the cops first showed they were so confused b/c they saw the cars and knew there was a party but didn't know how to get there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:27PM

@FurfaxTownie - I used to ask the same sorta questions - and from the answers I got from more than a cpl of shopkeepers, it was due to the fact the owners were a-holes. Rising rents and parking spaces so small a mouse couldnt fit in one were reoccurring issues with Fairfax Station Square throughout the 90's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:29PM

We would also steal the stickers for the Bulk foods at Giant and practically pasted our whole school with them (at White Oaks). They were yellow rectangles with the word of the item and a code. The sillier the item, the hotter the stickers. Stuff like "mixed nuts" was hilarious for Elem kids.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:30PM

Stones Wrote:
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> We would also steal the stickers for the Bulk
> foods at Giant and practically pasted our whole
> school with them (at White Oaks). They were
> yellow rectangles with the word of the item and a
> code. The sillier the item, the hotter the
> stickers. Stuff like "mixed nuts" was hilarious
> for Elem kids.


Thats awesome!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:36PM

The braddock Districk heritage stuff is super cool. Especially the oral histories and these pics. I could spend all day on there.

http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/213/

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:43PM

@Stones - Atomic Fire Balls was my personal fav :)

are their any food stores around that still do bulk foods?

Out west, WinCo (a walmart-like grocery store) and Yokes (kinda local Spokane region-type store like Giant was waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day before the Dutch bought it) had them around.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:52PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> @FurfaxTownie - I used to ask the same sorta
> questions - and from the answers I got from more
> than a cpl of shopkeepers, it was due to the fact
> the owners were a-holes. Rising rents and parking
> spaces so small a mouse couldnt fit in one were
> reoccurring issues with Fairfax Station Square
> throughout the 90's.

Yep, I know the guy who owned the tanning salon there, said the same thing. Owners were jerks who constantly raised rent.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:53PM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> Wasn't there a pet store at Rolling Valley Mall at
> one point?

Yes, there sure was.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: June 01, 2011 02:13PM

Have they widened those parking spaces at Fairfax Station Square ever? I remember they used to be tiny.

There was some other spot in Burke that also had super tiny parking spaces, but I can't quite remember. Was it the K-mart (now Walmart)? It's really bugging me.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 03, 2011 02:03PM

The area where Rolling Road goes over the Norfolk Southern train tracks via bridge....let's say you're heading south on that bridge, isn't there still part of the old bridge abutment still visible from way back in the day when Rolling Road made a slight curve over the tracks?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: oldtimer ()
Date: June 04, 2011 06:37PM

Korvettes?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: June 05, 2011 06:29PM

oldtimer Wrote:
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> Korvettes?


Yeah, but that was over in Franconia near the Food Court side of the Springfield Mall

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: June 05, 2011 06:32PM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> ...in the 22039 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What I remember:
> >
> >
> > Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
> > The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake
> Rd and BC Pkway
>
> > When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake
> Bay Seafood House was next door
>
> What stands where that Chuck-e-Cheese used to be?
> By Miller, do you mean the brewery? And wasn't the
> movie theater downstairs at the current Jaxx
> location?

Glory Days is now where Chuck-e-Cheese in Burke

Miller brew, no. The last name of the people who owned the property were the Millers...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 08:26AM

Bosten CHICKEN, I remember that...

I was just thinking about the "Books" store that started next to Safeway @ 123 and BCP, or more specifically, "Sacks Are Loaded" the Sports Card store that was in the back of "Books".

God I can picture the grumpy-ass guy behind the counter, a miserable old codger, Maybe his name was Barry? does anybody remember him or know why he was such a grumpy jerk? Probably because he couldn't pay the mortgage selling me 50 cent Cal Ripkens or Ken Griffey Jrs.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:06AM

OMG JBass - Joe's Books!! (and guess what his name was?)And stop with the Grumpy old man routine - he was the coolest! Well, at least to me he was! Man, I prolly put his kid thru college all the money I spent there LoLz

(edit) ohhh, wait a minute - you are talking not about Joe but about the card dude who he rented space out too. Ok, I acquiescence. My brother dealt with him and I think yr right about that personality. You should've stuck to X-Men and Manga if you wanted personality LoLz



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/06/2011 09:07AM by Gordon Blvd.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:15AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> OMG JBass - Joe's Books!! (and guess what his
> name was?)And stop with the Grumpy old man routine
> - he was the coolest! Well, at least to me he
> was! Man, I prolly put his kid thru college all
> the money I spent there LoLz
>
> (edit) ohhh, wait a minute - you are talking not
> about Joe but about the card dude who he rented
> space out too. Ok, I acquiescence. My brother
> dealt with him and I think yr right about that
> personality. You should've stuck to X-Men and
> Manga if you wanted personality LoLz

YEAH, the Book guys were cool, didnt they move over to the Burke Village Center after the BCP shopping center renovation?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:32AM

no, they went over closer to Hechingers (Kohls for y'all newbies) up until they went out of business :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: books ()
Date: June 06, 2011 10:25AM

the "Books" section moved to burke village 2 (which has since closed). The comics part of the store moved to the section of the shopping center near Kohls, then to University Mall.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 10:28AM

books Wrote:
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> the "Books" section moved to burke village 2
> (which has since closed). The comics part of the
> store moved to the section of the shopping center
> near Kohls, then to University Mall.


So Im not going crazy then, I assume the "Sacks are Loaded" guy just "punted" and packed it in?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: June 06, 2011 02:36PM

My theory is Barry Sacks was in the FBI witness relocation program.

Of course he was an old codger, he spent his days haggling with little kids over a few dollars and Leer Jose Conseco Rookie card.



JBass Wrote:
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> books Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > the "Books" section moved to burke village 2
> > (which has since closed). The comics part of
> the
> > store moved to the section of the shopping
> center
> > near Kohls, then to University Mall.
>
>
> So Im not going crazy then, I assume the "Sacks
> are Loaded" guy just "punted" and packed it in?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: NOVAman ()
Date: June 06, 2011 06:31PM

We used to go to Planet Play in the shopping center where the Wal-Mart is all the time, not sure what the place is now. Spent sooooo much money playing Time Crisis haha that was addicting.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 07, 2011 05:24AM

Anyone know what used to be at the southwest intersection of Burke Road and Burke Lake Road adjacent to the Southern Railroad tracks where they're now building houses? I remember before the construction happened, there was a old shed with some type of machine in it. But I do know on the opposite side, there used to be a mulch pile.

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