One of the census designated places in Fairfax County, Virginia is McLean. It is located on the northern part of Virginia and covers an area of 24.88 square miles. It’s neighboring areas include: Washington, DC; Cabin John, MD; Brookmont, MD; Potomac, MD; Falls Church, VA; Pimmit Hills, VA; Great Falls, VA; Wolf Trap, VA; Arlington, VA; Idylwood, VA and Tysons Corner, VA.
The McLean community was founded in 1910 at the time when the Lewinsville and Langley communities came together. It got its name from a man called John Roll McLean. He owned The Washington Post and also built the electrified railway known as the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway.
According to areavibes.com, McLean is exceptionally livable and is ranked 6th in Virginia. Some of the things that have earned it this reputation are its high income per capita, stable housing market, low crime rates and varied local amenities.
It is also known to be home to many businessmen, congressmen and women, as well as other government officials. Its closeness to Washington, DC and the CIA is one for this. McLean is also a prime destination for shopping at the prestigious Tysons corner Center and the Tysons Galleria.
The former home of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow can be found in McLean’s Hickory Hill. It was previously home to another prominent government official, Robert H. Jackson, who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hickory Hill is now a historic structure and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Another place of historic importance in McLean is Salona. This is where the Revolutionary War hero, Henry Lee (also known as Light Horse Harry) lived. Salona offered refuge to Dolley Madison when the White House was burned by the Britons in 1814. It was also used as the headquarters for the Union Army. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, also known as the Turkey Run, is an independently run site of historic importance. Although it is recognized by the National Park Service, it is still autonomous. Visitors will enjoy the different 18th century activities carried out on the Farm including the Dairy Day, Wheat Harvest, Spinning and Dyeing Day. It is the perfect place to visit if you want to go back in time.
Another popular attraction in McLean is Mount Daniel School Park, which is under the care of The City of Falls Church. The Clemyjontri Park, which has a huge playground and picnic pavilion, is yet another place that families will enjoy.
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