Hybla Valley, Virginia

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Hybla Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States south of Alexandria, Virginia. Nearby CDPs include Groveton, Virginia (north), Belle Haven, Fairfax County, Virginia (northeast), Fort Hunt, Virginia (east) and Mount Vernon, Virginia (southwest). The population was 16,721 at the 2000 census. Hybla Valley used to be a large group of dairy farms located just to the west of the Potomac River and is the site of the former George Washington Air Junction which was planned to be the largest Zeppelin airport in the world.[3] It is also the location of the Mason family`s Hollin Hall estate and the award-winning mid-century, modern neighborhood of Hollin Hills. Hybla Valley was placed on U.S. News` and CNN Money`s "Best Places to Retire" in 2006 and "Best Places to Live" in 2007.[4] Many politicians and local notable citizens reside within the famous mid-century modern neighborhood of Hollin Hills and other areas of the CDP, including former CBS newsman Eric Sevareid, former U.S. Representative James G. O'Hara (1925–1989), and United States Senator Pat Roberts.

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History

The Mason family's Hollin Hall plantation, just south of Alexandria, had become the property of several owners, including Edward Curtis Gibbs and the Wilson family. Thomson Dairy had been founded on the land in the late 19th century, and lasted until Merle Thorpe purchased it in the early 20th century.[5] The various farms, such as Sherwood Farm, Hybla Valley Farm, and Popkins Farm were converted into suburban neighborhoods, whilst plans for the construction of the George Washington Air Junction, or the Hybla Valley Airport began. The civilian airport was proposed to be the largest in the world, yet the land, which had once been dairy farm, was abandoned and is currently Huntley Meadows Park. During World War Two, the famous Hollin Hills subdivision, to the east of Route 1 and towards the river, was completed by designers Charles Goodman and Robert Davenport. Also during the war, the princess of Norway sought refuge from the grappling in Europe and wished to purchase the property of Hollin Hall; President Roosevelt personally inspected the land for her, yet his assistant, Thorpe, became its new owner in the end. The land surrounding it became a turkey farm, and was eventually was bought by the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. Gum Springs, a community first founded by a freed slave from George Washington`s plantation, was established along the Route 1 highway. In 1978, the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church donated land within Hollin Hills to create the wealthy Mason Hill subdivision. Although still different from the affluent section of the CDP, the west side of Hybla Valley has developed over the years, including the up-scale Mount Vernon plaza in 2002.

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