One of the main sources I use for my project is a section of the Morning Star Newspaper called “The Rambler”. He was a reporter that walked all around the McLean, Vienna, and Great Falls area to talk to the local neighbors. He collected stories and anecdotes from each of them which he included in his section.
This week I did the same as I walked from my house to my school, the historical marker, and all throughout Alfred Odrick’s land. You can see the plat map below as you follow along with me.
The small box where it says Odrick is his land. The intersection next to it is where Spring Hill Elementary School, the Spring Hill Recreation Center, and Alfred Odrick’s historical marker is located. As I walked down Odrick’s land, my dad told me of the old cluster of houses lived in by the descendants of the original families of the community. There now in its place, is the Larmax Homes for senior citizens. As I was searching for the second historical marker, I asked one of the workers who I talked to because she frequently walked with her patients along that road. We actually ended up talking and she told me a story of why her name tag said her name was “Snoopy” (it was because she often snooped through her mother’s things when she was younger HEHE).
I then walked down a little more and found the historical marker she mentioned reading as she walked with her patients. The marker and the remnants of Alfred Odrick’s house:
The houses behind the remains of the house was my previous neighborhood! Looking at the marker and the remains however made me realize just how much more important this project is. Many of the achievements Alfred Odrick contributed to our community are under appreciated and undervalued. I hope with this project I fix that!
That’s all for this week and see you all next week :))