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Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum  
8100 Fordson Road
Alexandria, VA 22306
703-799-1198
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Founded by West Ford, a former slave of George Washington's family, who acquired the property in 1833, this area was helped by Quakers and became a place for runaways and recently freed slaves to live. Exhibits at the museum celebrate the long continuity of this historic black community which, today, has more than 2,500 residents, with as many as 500 being descendants of the original families.

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