Falls Church Women’s History Walk

Falls Church Women’s History Walk

Well-Behaved Women DO Make History

An invigorating walk to learn how Falls Church women wrote "Herstory."

On the mile-long route, walkers will learn about 14 Falls Chruch women who wrote "herstory." 

Honorary Grand Marshall: To Be Announced

Starting Point: The park at the foot of Tinner Hill, between Maple Ave. & S. Washington St.

Post-Walk Gathering: a Community Resource Fair in the Falls Church Community Center featuring: AAUX, VPIS, We Support the Girls, CorePower Yoga, Quality Chiropractic, Lethbridge & Associates, Fit4Mom, League of Women Voters, Moms Deamnd Action for Gun Sense, How to Run for Office.

Sponsors: Falls Church AAUX, American Council on Exercise and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation

Hosted by Falls Church Elected Officials

City Council members: Vice-Mayor Marybeth Connelly, Letty Hardi, Karen Oliver; School Board members: Erin Gill, Margaret Ward; Treasurer: Jody Acosta


Register on our Facebook Event Page: Falls Church Women's History Walk

Event flyer can be found here.

Giving Voice: Black Heritage Bus Tour FEB 11 depart NOON $15.00

Giving Voice: Black Heritage Bus Tour FEB 11 depart NOON $15.00

Join us for the award winning Giving Voice' Heritage Walking Tour on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.  We'll meet at the Tinner Hill Historic Site at 12:00 pm 106 Tinner Hill Road, Falls Church, VA. 22046  The cost is $15.00 per person (seats are limited) BUY TICKETS: Since 2005 Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation has been working on a walking tour, which shares the little known history of Falls Church.  The tour has been evolving over the last few years, what began as a simple walking tour will soon include audio and other smart phone and device content that can be accessed by anyone with a cell phone . 

Lots of friends and supporters have helped the tour go from a simple walking tour to a tour with many unique additions.  Donors, volunteers, Virginia Tech students and staff (Dr. Elizabeth Morton and architectural design students Christopher Winnike, Catherine Spoehr, Martha Coello, Kate Webb, Paola Reyes) THHF board members and many community persons have helped. 

For the last couple of years we have been diligently working on the audio component of the Giving Voice Heritage Tour.  The project is being made possible through funds raised by Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and grants from C.A.T.C.H., (City of Art, Theatre, Culture and History) the City of Falls Church Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as well as private donors.

THHF has contracted with a leading cell phone tour company, OnCell and begun building the new tour!  A first class crew of writers, voice over artists, script writers and producers have been assembled to work on the project.  

The audio tour project has embarked on an exciting new collaboration with the Victorian Society of Falls Church.   The Victorian Society members will include four Victorian Homes as stops on the Heritage Walking Tour.  The four homes, while unique as Victorian era homes, also hold fascinating connections to African American history in Falls Church.

The tour will focus on the S. Washington Street/Annandale area – once the heart of the African American community in the Town of Falls Church. 

We anticipate the tour will debut in late fall, 2016.  For more information about the tour or to contribute to the tour please call (703) 534-4627 and speak to History Project Director, Nikki Graves Henderson.  Bus and escorted tours are available for a nominal fee.

Tour Awards:

Tinner Hill’s Giving Voice;  African American Heritage Cell Phone Walking Tour Receives 2 Awards

Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation received word that their Giving Voice; African American Heritage Walking Tour had received two awards! Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Tinner Hill Heritage Board Member and professor at Virginia Tech and her graduate students worked with Tinner Hill during a Design Studio to create the African American Heritage WalkingTour.The tour was the

History Project Director, Nikki Graves Henderson, learned that Giving Voice; African American Heritage in Falls Church and Northern Virginia received a $5,000 matching grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to expand the tour to include a cell phone/audio component.The grant process was very competitive and David Bearinger, Director stated that the grants, including Tinner Hill’s, were the best he had ever seen in his tenure as Director.

E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

Contest Information

What It Is:  

“Dear Editor” is an opportunity to engage students to think critically and write persuasively, responding to news media regarding the topic of social justice and civil rights.

Who Can Enter:

The “Dear Editor” contest is open to Northern Virginia middle and high school students, including age-appropriate home schooled children.

How to Enter:

Write a “letter to the editor” of 250 words or less that responds to an article, a photograph, or another “letter to the editor” published in a local or national newspaper, magazine or internet news source.  Each student may submit only one letter per year.  Letters must be addressed to “Dear Editor” and signed by the student.


The news article selected by a student should relate either:

  • To a denial of civil rights 


  • To an acceptance of multicultural differences and how this has improved life in a community.

Your “Dear Editor” letter should:

  • Express your thoughts on civil rights or multicultural relations, 
  • Explain how the newspaper item relates to a denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences,
  • Tell how your position affects the denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences.

Letters will be judged on:

  • clarity,
  • relevance to civil rights or acceptances of cultural differences,
  • persuasiveness,
  • “Dear Editor” letter format
  • How well the letter responds to the news article

When to Submit:

Diener & Associates must receive the application package by 5 PM on May 1st.  Award Recipients are expected to attend the Tinner Hill Blues Festival on Saturday June 10th, to receive their monetary awards.

Cash Prizes

10 prizes awarded

Sr. High 9-12    

  • 1st prize - $100       
  • 2nd prize - $50       
  • 3rd prize - $25  

Middle Sch 6-8  

  • 1st prize- $100        
  • 2nd prize - $50
  • 3rd prize - $25

Additionally, the educator who submits the greatest number of entries to the contest is eligible for a $75 cash prize.

To learn more about the contest and enter, download the Dear Editor Contest information and application form.

All entrants give THHF the right to publish and/or display their letter.

Historical Reference:

The “Dear Editor” contest honors the work of Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson (1883-1977), a Falls Church resident and prolific letter-writer. Dr. Henderson knew full well the power of the written word and it’s ability to influence public opinion and policy. He wrote and over 3,000 letters to the editors that were published in newspapers in the Washington, D.C. area and across the nation. His focused, passionate letters frequently created a groundswell of direct action by readers, as well as, the government. 

In 1915, the town of Falls Church attempted to enact an ordinance which would have forced residential segregation. In response to the towns action, Dr. Henderson, who lived in Falls Church, together with Mr. Joseph Tinner and other residents of Tinner Hill, founded an organization to rally against the ordinance.  The group, which called themselves The Colored Citizens Protective League (CCPL), succeeded in defeating the ordinance.  The group became a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the very first rural chapter in the entire country..

Over the next 50 years, Dr. Henderson became a leading Northern Virginia civil rights leader, using the power of the pen to achieve his goal. The following is an excerpt from one of his letters:

Many German people have developed considerable cynicism about American democracy. Some of the U.S. officers are telling Germans not to associate with Negro troops on the premise that, in the United States, the Negroes have the same social status of the Jews in Germany. This confuses the Nazis. They are beginning to believe that the ideology of race superiority upon which the war was based was not morally wrong.

It is sheer farce to try to re-educate Nazis for the Society of civilized men and women and at the same time permit the racial philosophy of Hitler’s to be propagandized by some of our soldiers. -- The Washington News, Dec., 1945

Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

The festival features blues music, all over town, all weekend! Poised to become the premier blues festival of the region this is a weekend long event featuring outstanding national regional and local blues performers, historic displays, family activities, vendors, food, carnival games. is a day long concert in Cherry Hill Park.