Gum Springs Historical Society

Visit the Gum Springs Historical Society in Gum Springs, a community founded by West Ford, a former slave freed by Washington’s family. The community was a place of refuge for freed slaves and runaways to live and find work in trades they learned as estate slaves. At Gum Springs Historical Society, groups can learn about the historic African-American community through exhibits and activities that focus on the founding families of Gum Springs. Featured exhibits include artifacts such as old documents and 100-year-old photographs of residents who lived in the community.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 8100 Fordson Rd., Alexandria, VA 22306. Fairfax County. Tel: 703-375-9825. Email: gshsfcva@gmail.com. Website: www.gumspringsmuseum.blogspot.com. Hrs: Tues. and Sat. 1PM-3PM, Mon., Wed.-Fri. 6PM-8PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free/Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

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