Kings Park, Virginia
|Kings Park, Virginia|
Houses in Kings Park in 2016
|• Total||1.33 sq mi (3.45 km2)|
|• Land||1.31 sq mi (3.38 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)|
|Elevation||345 ft (105 m)|
|• Density||3,316/sq mi (1,280.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1493167|
A suburban community begun 56 years ago in early 1960, Kings Park is located a few miles west of the Capital Beltway and Annandale, near the junction of Braddock, Burke Lake, and Rolling roads in the Springfield area (ZIP code 22151). Richmarr Construction designed Kings Park as a planned community, with a park at its center, an elementary school, and an adjacent namesake shopping center.
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Ownership of the properties can be traced to Lord Culpeper who transferred the lands which now include Kings Park and Ravensworth Farm to William Fitzhugh in 1690. The land passed through Martha Custis, the wife of George Washington, to her son George Custis, then to his daughter, Mary Randolph Custis, who married Robert E. Lee at Arlington when he was a young officer in the U.S Army.
After the outbreak of the Civil War, Mary Custis Lee moved to relative safety at the Ravensworth Farm. Ownership of the property remained in the Lee family until World War I, when the land was sold to the Flatfelter Pulpwood Company. The company removed most of the softwood trees but retrained the hardwood, many of which are still in abundance in Kings Park.
In the early 1950s the properties were sold to a Baltimore investment firm, and those which were to become Kings Park were later sold to Richmarr Construction Corporation. Kings Park, as we know it today, began in March 1960 with a 200-acre (81 ha) wooded entrance of Kings Park Drive from Braddock Road.
A number of landmarks in and around Kings Park still retain vestiges of their early history.
Kings Park is located southeast of the center of Fairfax County, northwest of Springfield, southwest of Annandale, and southeast of the city of Fairfax. The Kings Park CDP is bordered to the east by Ravensworth and North Springfield, to the north by Wakefield, to the west by Burke, and to the south by West Springfield. It is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the Braddock Road interchange with the Capital Beltway and 17 miles (27 km) southwest of downtown Washington, D.C.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Kings Park CDP has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.45 km2), of which 1.31 square miles (3.38 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 1.78%, is water.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Kings Park CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kings Park, Virginia
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