General Braddock left me a holiday surprise. If only I can get to it before the Queen.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Mike Conway
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Recently, I set out to find buried treasure. To my editor, I pretended as if I were writing a humorous article on the confusing layout of Braddock Rd. and what that means for astrophysics. In reality, I was secretly hunting for a spot "50 paces east of a spring, where the road runs north and south." If you've lived in Fairfax County, it's possible you've heard of Braddock's gold. The story says that General Edward Braddock, as he forged a road to Winchester in 1755 en route to Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, buried two cannons full of gold somewhere in the vicinity of where Centreville now stands. Numerous articles have been written on the subject over the years, all of them saying largely the same thing. "Legend" is the …
Mike Conway drives Braddock Road from end to end.
In her introductory column, my talented colleague Rebecca Wood posed the question: "Centreville- The Center of What?" It's a fair question, since most topographical maps put Centreville in far northern Virginia, on the western edge of Fairfax County. According to Wikipedia-my one-stop source with sometimes questionable provenance that, nonetheless, can answer non-critical questions quickly- Centreville was so-named in because it's central to Alexandria, Colchester, Middleburg, Dumfries, Georgetown, Leesburg and Warrenton. So if anybody asks where you live, just tell them "halfway to Dumfries." Recently, though, as I researched an up-coming column, I stumbled upon another, less literal answer to this question. I needed to find a …