Who We Are

We were founded to honor the civil rights heroes of Tinner Hill and further the ideals for which they stood.

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation works to raise awareness of the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures to the development of Falls Church, Fairfax County, the United States, and African descendants in the diaspora, by disseminating information and by providing community services and hosting community events.  For more history, check out 100 Years of Black Falls Church, an online collaborative project produced by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the George Mason University African and African American Studies program. For additional video content, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel

Education and Resources

  • Tinner Hill Historic Site

    A partnership between Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF), the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) will develop the Tinner Hill Historic Site. The development of the Tinner Hill Historic Site is the culmination of 17 years spent by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation researching, preserving and gathering historic resources that share an important chapter in American history. The site will help people for generations to learn of the brave actions of local civil rights African American pioneers took that led to the birth of the nations first rural branch of the NAACP in 1915.  Martha Jackson Jarvis, renown sculptor recognized for creating works that engages issues of identity and symbols of belief that confront contemporary life and are rooted in historical traditions and culture, has been commissioned to create a stone sculpture for the site entitled, the Zig Zag.  The design is based on an ancient West African Adinka symbol that is also found in Native American textiles. Dedication of the Tinner Hill Historic Site was on Jan. 10, 2015.

  • Educational Resources

    Educational Resources

    Our foundation is involved in preserving and sharing local, state and national African American history and using that history to promote respect and unity among all people. 

    CELEBRATE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH with Tinner Hill. Come see history being made on the grounds of The Falls Church at a special dedication to honor the enslaved African Americans who contributed to the construction of the historic church! Discover amazing local black history. Visit the newest Smithsonian Museum!

    Sat. FEB 11 @ 1:00 pm DEDICATION, COME WITNESS HISTORY on the grounds of The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church- when the Enslaved People who helped construct the historic church will be honored with a beautiful stone plaque that acknowledges their contributions!

    All are welcome! FREE & Open to the Public! 


    Bus departs @12 pm sharp!  Meet at the Tinner Hill Historic Site, located at 106 Tinner Hill Road, Falls Church, VA. 22046 Tour bus departs 12:00 noon promptly!  Tickets $15.00 per person (seats are limited) BUY TICKETS

    SOLD OUT: BUS TOUR to National African American Museum of History and Culture, SUN. FEB 12 @ 1:00 pm.  Bus seats $25.00, free timed museum entry ticket with each seat. BUY TICKETS

Featured News & Updates View Blog

January 27, 2017
Blues in the Night Fundraiser at Creative Cauldron, FEB 10 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Join us at a special fundraiser performance of Blues in the Night at Creative Cauldron on Friday evening, Feb. 10, 7:00 pm.  The production is a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW ... Read on

January 27, 2017
SOLD OUT Bus Trip to National African American Museum of History & Culture FEB 12

Yes, we have got the hottest tickets in town! Join us to celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 12th with a bus trip to the Smithsonian's newest museum! Seats are $25.00, departing & returning to the Tinner Hill Historic Site BUY YOUR SEAT (106... Read on