Frying Pan Park

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Frying Pan Park is a park located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It has a variety of attractions of both a historic and recreational nature.

The park contains the Frying Pan Meetinghouse,[1][2] listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating from the 18th century, and the Old Floris Schoolhouse, constructed in 1911.

One of the attractions of the park is Kidwell Farm, a working demonstration farm. It recreates a 1930s farm and still has many animals including cows and horses. Frying Pan Park hosts many equestrian events throughout the year at the Activities Center, featuring an indoor riding arena and two outside rings, and has a 4-H club.

For many years turkeys pardoned in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation were sent to live at Frying Pan Park.[citation needed] From 2005-2009 the turkeys were sent to live at Disneyland to act as grand marshalls[citation needed] in their Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2010, the turkeys were sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington.[citation needed]


According to the park's webpage, the area was known as Frying Pan from 1726 until 1892 when it was renamed to Floris. Another source mentions a Frying Pan Springs, along with a story of the origin of both the Frying Pan (related to the nearby Coppermine) and Floris names.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

The Old Country Store hosts a jam[jargon] the first and third Sundays of the month from 1-4pm.[citation needed] All acoustic instruments are welcome. They play primarily bluegrass and country music.

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  1. ^ "VIRGINIA - Fairfax County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  2. ^ Steve Fehr (2005-09-18). "Frying Pan Park Meetinghouse To Be Re-dedicated Today". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ Peggy D. Vetter (2000). "Floris Evolves from Dairy Farms, Summer Homes". The Herndon Publishing Company. Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 

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Coordinates: 38°56′11″N 77°24′38″W / 38.936421°N 77.41058°W / 38.936421; -77.41058