Lake Accotink Park Carousel, Springfield, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
N 38° 47.626 W 077° 12.908
18S E 307622 N 4296221
Quick Description: The colorful carousel is located at Lake Accotink in Lake Accotink Park (Fairfax County Parks Authority) in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/9/2006 7:32:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMGV7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
Views: 89

Long Description:


Located in Springfield, Virginia, Lake Accotink Park is nestled in the midst of Fairfax County. Once a rural farmland, the park is now surrounded by a bustling community. The Allan Herschell 1930s carousel is located at the northeast end of the park. There is also a place to purchase refreshments, a picnic area nestled in the shade trees and restrooms.

What has become Lake Accotink Park was originally part of the historic Ravensworth Tract (1685). Ravensworth Mansion was built in 1796 and originally served as a tobacco plantation. By the time of the Civil War (1861-1865) Ravensworth was producing wheat and corn instead of tobacco which had taken its toll on the soil. Arson destroyed the mansion in August 1926. The land was sold to a developer in 1957. A historical marker dedicated to Ravensworth is located adjacent to the Ravensworth Shopping Center on Port Royal Road just south of Braddock Road and west of 495.

Originally known as the Springfield Dam when it was first built in 1918, it created Lake Accotink as a clean drinking water source. The reservoir it created originally covered about 110 acres and was approximately 23 feet deep. The first dam was dismantled in 1922 and rebuilt in 1943. Due to siltation, the lake has shrunk to about half its original size with only a 3 to 5 feet depth. A good portion of the "lake" is actually wetlands, which may explain the confusion over its actual size. Contractors have begin a year long dredging project.

Bring a picnic lunch, take a hike on the trail around the lake, and ride into the nostalgia of yesterday on the colorful 1930s Lake Accotink Park Carousel with its hand-carved horses.

Instructions for logging waymark: A photograph is required of you (or your GPS receiver, if you are waymarking solo) and the carousel.

Carousel Location: Neighborhood Park

Is the Carousel operational?: Unknown

Does the Music work?: Unknown

Cost to ride:
$1.25 per person


Hours of Operation:
Summer park hours: Weekdays noon-6; Weekends 11-8.


Related Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Please include a photo of your self at the location or a picture of your favorite animal on that carousel.

If you are lucky enough to take a ride on your visit, tell us what animal you rode.
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