John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

A neighborhood curiosity

So the other day, for reasons that escape me, I decided to look on the web for information on something I've always been a little curious about, a grass landing strip located along U.S. 50 in south Loudoun County. Only trouble was, I couldn't remember the name. I Googled "landing strip u.s. 50 gum spring road arcola," and found the name -- Glascock Field -- on a site dedicated to Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields in Loudoun County. Ah, the Internet. How did I ever get along without it? Anyway, I pulled it up and was interested to see the first airfield listed was located in Broad Run Farms, which is the neighborhood immediately adjacent to mine. So I started reading from the top instead of skipping straight to the Glascock Field entry. I learned that the airfield in Broad Run Farms, called Richardson Field, is long gone, but nevertheless it was kind of neat to think that it had been there. And then I came to the next airfield listed on the page: June Field, Countryside VA. Countryside? Hey, that's where I live!

And the airfield is still there. Which at first blush sounds completely nuts, because Countryside is a fairly densely developed area. Nevertheless, I checked out the area using the Yahoo! Maps satellite view, and by God there it was, less than a mile and a half from my house. Amazing.

So of course I had to see it for myself. I had Saturday off, and it was a beautiful day, so I grabbed a camera and went for a walk.

According the the map, the airfield lay at the end of this private drive, located at the corner of Algonkian Parkway and McPherson Circle. I'd seen it before, and had always assumed it led to a property that predated the Countryside development and owned by someone too stubborn to sell. I walked down the road as far as I could; eventually, I found myself faced with a locked gate that made it clear I should go no further. And there it was! And here isn't a photo of it, because I screwed up the picture I took of the landing strip from my side of the gate. Curses! But you can infer it's there from the sign visible in this picture (click to enlarge):

Luckily, I had taken photos from another vantage point. Walking back to the intersection, I made my way through the neighborhood to Selden Court, a cul de sac the end of which just happens to abut the airfield.

You can't tell from this photo, but there are some Obama signs in the yard on the left. Take it from someone who has spent some time distributing yard signs, the end of a cul de sac is not considered a prime location for a yard sign. I walked to the end and looked over the hedge seen behind that white car.

Neat! And still a little hard to believe.

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