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The following list of historic Middleridge street names was compiled by Kay and John Gilbert with supplements from Middleridge residents.

Andrews Chapel Court
In the 1850's many new churches were built in Fairfax County, including a Methodist on, Andrew Chapel, in Vienna. After the war the Government paid a claim to repair the damage to the chapel by Union soldiers. It is located on Route 7 at Trap Road.


Anne Peake Drive
Ann Peake married Frances Adams in 1777. He was a trustee of the town of Centreville, when it was formed in 1792. They owned a lovely home, Mt. Gilead, which was uses as a general's residence during the war and is a private residence today.

Broadwater Drive
Captain Charles Broadwater came to Virginia in 1715 and acquired 1701 acres of Northern Neck grants. He was one of the first five Vestrymen elected to Truro Parish and served until his death in 1733. His son and heir, Charles, was a Vestryman from 1744 to 1765 and served as a Justice of the Peace Fairfax County beginning in 1749.  (The following information provided by Jim Tully) Charles Broadwater also served as the County Sheriff is 1751 and 1755.  R. F. Broadwater served as the County Sheriff is 1874.

Clara Barton Court
Clara Barton tended to the wounded of the Second Battle of Manassas, August 29-30, 1862, at St. Mary's Church and Fairfax Station railroad depot. The wounded were brought there from the battlefield for transport by train to hospitals. Clara Barton later founded the American Red Cross.


Colton Street
This segment of street in Middleridge is a continuation from Country Club View, and has no known historic significance to the community.

Deneale Place
George Deneale erected a home called Innisvail in Fairfax Station about 1770. He was the first Fairfax County clerk, after the new court house was built in Providence in 1800. Providence was the name of the town before it became Fairfax.  William Deneale served as sheriff of Fairfax County in 1799.


Earp's Corner Place
The Earp family came from Maryland and opened a tavern before 1742, known as Earp's Ordinary. It became so popular that the area around it was known as Earp's Corner. Tolls for the Little River Turnpike were collected there. George Washington was a guest on one of his surveying trips for Lord Fairfax. It is still standing, the pink house at 237 Main Street, just east of University Drive.


Ellzey Drive
Thomazen Ellzey was a planter-lawyer, who owned a large tract of land in this area, including what is now Brecon Ridge. He gave the land, including the "middle ridge", where Payne built his church. 
Lewis Elzey was sheriff of Fairfax County in 1742 and 1749.


Francy Adams Court
Francy Adams was one of the first Justices of the Peace (Gentleman Justices) in the new Court House of Fairfax in April 1800.


Gov Yeardley Drive
Governor Yeardley was one of Virginia's first colonial governors. In 1619 he organized and presided at the first representative assembly in an English colony.


Hill Cumorah Drive
(The following information provided by Debi Corbatto) History not known as it relates to Middleridge but Hill Cumorah has importance to Mormons.

(The following was provided by Russell Klosk) I don't know if this is what Hill Cumorah in Middleridge was named after or not, and I'm not Mormon so I don't know very much about the Book of Mormon, but Hill Cumorah has a lot of prevalence to that.
Check Cumorah on the Mormon website for source of information.
There is actually a Hill Cumorah in upstate New York that holds special significance to the Church of Later Day Saints.  
Perhaps the person laying out the road names was a Mormon? Since the names of the people associated with street names in our neighborhood are all persons who predate the "divine appearance" witnessed by John Smith that gave birth to the Mormon faith it is unlikely that any tie in can be found in that manner.  I know of no tie to Virginia with the Church of Later Day Saints, but perhaps the Mormon Church on West Ox might know more..

James Halley Drive
James Halley was born in 1707 and received a 690 acre grant of land on the North side of South Run Pohick in 1742. He voted in Fairfax County 1744-68, and his will was probated in 1792. He was one of the men ordered by the Court in 1752 to mark the way for clearing a road west from Alexandria to Rocky Run, which became Braddock Road.


John Ayres Drive
John Ayres drew the plans for and estimated the cost of building Paynes Church. He served as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War.


John Turley Place
John Turley was given a land grant of 453 acres in 1727 on Sandy Run. He was a Vestryman of Truro Parish 1749 until his death in 1756.


Joshua Davis Court
Joshua Davis was an attorney who served as a Justice in the Court of Richmond County. There are records of his name in 1676, 1692 and as Justice in 1704-05.


Kipp Court
The Kipp's sold some of their land to Foster Brothers for construction of Section 12 of Middleridge.


Landmark Place
"Landmarks of Old Prince William" written by Fairfax Harrison in 1924 is a well used history of the area, basic to any historical research.


Middlegate Drive
"Middlegate Farm" was the 20th century name given to the farm know as Walney that existed in Centreville from the 1770's. In 1935, David and Ellanor C. Lawrence bought the 678 acre estate, and proceeded to turn it into a lovely home, preserving the natural beauty of the land. Upon their deaths, it was donated to Fairfax County and is known as the Eleanor C. Lawrence Park.


Mt. Vineyard Court
Mt. Vineyard was the name of the Ratcliff home. Ratcliff was a large landowner, on whose land most of the town of Fairfax was built. He sold the 4 acres for the Court House for the sum of $1. The original home burned, but the family graveyard is still on Moore Street.


New Church
The County of Fairfax was formed in 1742, separating it from Prince William county. The Court House was to be built in Springfield, between Ox and New Church Roads in the area of what is now Tyson's Corner.


Oak Park Court
There was a beautiful oak park at the Ravensworth mansion, built by William Fitzhugh in 1800. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1924 and all traces of it and the park disappeared with the 1960's housing developments.


Paynes Church Drive
Edward Payne's home was on the "middle ridge" near Ox Road. In 1766 he undertook to build the church for the people of Truro Parish living in the area south of the future town of Fairfax. The church was destroyed by Federal troops, who used its bricks for their winter hearths. A small frame church, Jerusalem Baptist, still stands on the original foundation. William Payne served as sheriff of Fairfax County in 1743 and 1797.  William Payne, Jr. served as sheriff of Fairfax County in 1761


Quincy Marr Drive
Captain Quincy Marr, from Warrenton, was a representative in Richmond in 1861. He returned home to organize "Warrenton's Rifles', a company of infantry to uphold secession. He was the first Confederate officer to be killed, in a battle at Fairfax Courthouse on June 1, 1861. A monument was erected to him in 1904 on the Court House grounds.


Rippon Lodge Drive
Richard Blackburn came from Rippon, England and built Rippon Lodge in 1725, north of Neabsco creek and south of Occoquan, with a commanding view of the Potomac. Blackburn planned his house and Mount Vernon.


Rumsey Place
'Mt. Vineyard' later became know as the Rumsey Place. The Rumsey's were a prominent family in the mid-1800's.


Shooters Hill Lane
Shuter's Hill was the beautiful family home and cemetery of Ludwell and Flora Lee, who often entertained General and Mrs. Washington. It was located on the site of George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria.  Federal troops built a Civil War fortification on the site and destroyed the remains of the home.  Fairfax Harrison in his "Landmarks" spells it Shooters Hill.


Spurlock Court
The following was provided by
Russell Klosk
There was a Jeremiah Spurlock, aged 86, listed in the 1790 Census. The Census listed his address as Fairfax, Virginia. William Spurlock was born in Montgomery County Virginia approx 1687. He married Anna Toney. William Spurlock was given the land grant to what is current day Henrico County Virginia by the British Monarch, and was an early settler of the Commonwealth.  The family still exists today, and was influential in the settlement of Kentucky.  His grandson (also William) settled Harlan County, KY and most of the family is still there.  Check Spurlock Family for more details.


Stanhope Place
William Stanhope was one of the first Justices of the Peace (Gentlemen Justices) in the new Court House after 1800. (The following information provided by Jim Tully) In 1800, William Stanhope served as Sheriff of Fairfax County.


Water Crest
This cul-de-sac is located on a crest overlooking the "new" Woodglen Lake.


Willcoxon Tavern Court
This was a well know tavern built by Captain Willcoxon, who came from Maryland. It was located on the corner across from the Court House, where the National Bank of Fairfax is now located.

If anyone knows the history of Hill Cumorah or Spurlock Court, please let us know.

Again thanks to Kay and John Gilbert and to the other contributors for this historic information.