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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What should be in the Annandale museum?

We asked random Annandale residents this question:If Annandale had a museum, what should be in it? Here’s what people suggested:

Mementos from the Annandale High School football teams state championship wins [in 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1993, and 1994].

The 2011 bed race
A bed from the Annandale Chamber of Commerce’s annual bed race.

Items from the first Annandale Halloween parade.

The first piece of Penny Gross’ campaign literature.

Pothole filler from VDOT.

Artworks by local artists.

Profiles of famous Annandaleans, such as Dave Grohl.

One of Helen Winter’s trash bags. [Helen is the long-time chair of the Annandale beautification committee.]

Displays on the Army radar station in Annandale during World War II.

Items from the Annandale Volunteer Department.  As one resident said, “They ought to be recognized because they are so good.”

Ossian Hall
Pictures of other Annandales [There are Annandales in Minnesota, New Jersey, Scotland, and Australia.]

Menus from restaurants, past and present. [Remember the Three Chiefs?]

Acupuncture needles.

Pictures or items from Annandale’s history, such as the old grange hall, Ossian Hall, Annandale Elementary School, the original Little River Turnpike Toll House, and Annandale’s role in the Civil War. [And how about the story behind the gallows that were on Gallows Road?]

1 comment:

  1. I believe the picture gallery including a map would be the achievable answer.
    As to the Radar Station, I did some research and a very nice local sent me this:

    The site was designated W-63 and was in existence from 1951 to 1957. A battery of 710th AAA Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit, was there from 1951 to 1952. From 1952 to 1957, the site was manned by Battery C, 14th AAA Battalion. The last unit stationed there was Battery B, 70th AAA Battalion, in 1957 before the site was deactivated. The site was equipped with 90mm antiaircraft guns; the AAA gun sites were equipped with either 90mm guns or long-range 120mm guns (nicknamed the "Stratosphere" gun).