Fundraiser Celebrating 100 Years of Civil Rights in Fairfax County

As founding president of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, I am giving up my birthday this year, and donating my age (I'm 59, today) to donate $59, or more, to preserve important Civil Rights History in Northern Virginia, and the nation. (Donate at

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization is celebrating how 100 years ago, on January 8, 1915, a committed group of African Americans in Falls Church, met to establish an organization ( the Colored Citizens Protective League), which received a charter to become the first rural branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

For almost 15 years, Tinner Hill has proposed recognition of this history. Today, as we speak, the Tinner Hill Historic...Read on

21st Tinner Hill Blues Festival 2014

Enjoy the 21st Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 12 - 14 in Falls Church, VA. All Blues. All weekend. All over town!

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The Griot Apprenticeship Discussion at James Lee Community Center, Sat., June 28, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm!

The  Falls Church Griot Team for a presentation and discussion entitled  "For the Common Good, African American land displacement in Fairfax County."Where: James Lee Community Center Auditorium has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 28 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA. from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

On Saturday June 28th, VFH African American Programs will host the Falls Church Griot presentation featuring Mr. Edwin Henderson, Dr. Spencer Crew, Ms. Alyssa Walker, and Ms. Marion Dobbins.  The event is free and open to the public and there is free on-site parking.  For more information visit .

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Holiday Open House Celebrating Henderson House Reaching 100 Years Old!

Please join Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation as we celebrate the Henderson House 100th Year  with a Holiday Open House. We'll have a cozy fire, warm cider, punch and homemade sweets! Add lots of vintage photographs and family memories to begin this special time of year.  We're asking you to bring a pair of new (or gently used) gloves/mittens to give to the wonderful families at Homestretch!

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 pm - 6 pm

307 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA



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20th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival—- - Thank You!

Our 20th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival was fantastic . . . from Friday through Sunday - with the rain making minor appearances on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  The festival was a model of community support and volunteerism. . . and could not be done without our wonderful sponsors and dedicated volunteers.  A sincere thank you to each and everyone of you!  What makes this an even more amazing festival is the national performers presented. . . along with the very best local talent making the weekend a "don't miss" event.

To listen to podcasts from the festival, provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, click here.

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Tinner Hill Festival Summer Music Guide Critic’s Choice

We've been blowing our own horn, tooting about all the great blues we present at the annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival.  Well, now others are beginning to take notice.  See what the Washington, DC City Paper had to say about the festival. . . better get your tickets early!!

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Festival City Paper Summer Music Critic

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Prelude to Blues Events: Brunch with Cathy Ponton King; House Party with Eleanor Ellis/Pearl Bailes

Two fundraising musical concerts  round out our Prelude to the Blues series . . . intimate up close and personal blues performances in unique settings leading up to the Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival.  Don't miss your chance to hear, meet and interact face to face with outstanding performers.!  Tickets are by advance purchase only and usually sell out quickly.  Do not delay. . . 

Saturday, May 11 6pm - 9 pm  Tinner Hill presents Prelude to the Blues House Concert!  Join music lovers Lindy Hockenberry & Edward Christensen at their home for an up close and personal concert!  Don't miss this magical evening of great blues in Ed and Lindy's charming antique filled home.  Enjoy music...Read on

Henderson House Voted “Best History Related Geocache” in Northern Virginia, 2012

The Henderson House was voted "Best History-Related Cache in Northern Virginia" by the Northern Virginia Geocaching Association.  The award recognizes the unique container in which a regular sized  cache is hidden and the significance of Falls Church CIvil Rights History highlighted at the site.

Each spring is announced by the increase in visitors to the Henderson House and the Tinner Hill Civil Rights Memorial Arch. Geocaching, is a kind of high tech scavenger hunt. It's free and it's fun for all ages! Using a hand held GPS  device or GPS enabled cell phone participants look for hidden containers (geocaches) that contain "treasures."

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2013 Tinner Hill Blues Festival Line Up Announced!

The 2013 Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Blues, BBQ & Brew, will feature outstanding national and regional artists!  At the State Theatre on Friday, June 7, John Hammond with Phil Wiggins and the  and a guest appearance by Roy Book Binder.

At Cherry Hill Park,  Saturday, June 8 appearing will be Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, Sista Monica, Roy Book Binder, Beverly Guitar Watson, Sheryl Warner and the Southside Homewreckers, Daryl Davis and Band, Mary Ann Redmond, The Acoustic Blues Women (featuring Elenor Ellis, Pearl Bailes, Gina DeSimone & Pat Quinn) Plus more! 

Sunday, June 9 Mad Fox Brewing Company, Brunch, Tribute and Jam with the Jambassordors from the Archie Edwards Heritage Foundation.  Details TBA 

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