Thompson-Kidwell Cemetery

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Thompson-Kidwell Cemetery is a cemetery located on the grounds of Fox Mill Park in Reston, Virginia. The cemetery dates from the late 19th century and was a burying plot for members of the Thompson and Kidwell families who lived in this area of Fairfax County, Virginia. The cemetery was largely forgotten until the mid-1970s when adjacent neighborhood Fox Mill Woods was built. Even at that point it was located in dense woods only accessible by taking a little-known path from the nearby park. When A. Scott Crossfield Elementary School was built nearby in 1988, the cemetery was cleaned up by the Fairfax County Park Authority, who installed a surrounding fence and a pathway leading from the parking lot of the Park.

Reston, Virginia Place in Virginia, United States

Reston is census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia. Founded in 1964, Reston was influenced by the Garden City movement that emphasized planned, self-contained communities that intermingled green space, residential neighborhoods, and commercial development. The intent of Reston's founder, Robert E. Simon, was to build a town that would revolutionize post–World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in suburban America. In 2018, Reston was ranked as the Best Places to Live in Virginia by Money magazine for its expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths as well as the numerous shopping and dining opportunities in Reston Town Center. Beginning in 2017, however, high-density commercial and residential developments along the Dulles Toll Road began to spark concerns among residents about local government's ability to ensure that key infrastructure, including roads, schools, and parks, would remain in sync with the accelerating pace of new construction.

Fairfax County, Virginia County in the United States

Fairfax County, officially the County of Fairfax is a county of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Part of Northern Virginia, Fairfax County borders both the City of Alexandria and Arlington County and forms part of the inner suburban ring of Washington, DC. The county is thus predominantly suburban in character, with some urban and rural pockets.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is a department of the Fairfax County, Virginia county government responsible for developing and maintaining the various parks, historical sites, and recreational areas owned or administered by Fairfax County. Figures published as of 2003 indicate the Park Authority manages over 22,617 acres (92 km²) of parkland.

24 known graves are known to exist, but due to years of neglect, severe weathering and vandalism no headstones are currently readable. Many of the headstones are broken in pieces and scattered around the grounds. [1]

Weathering Breaking down of rocks, soil and minerals as well as artificial materials through contact with the Earths atmosphere, biota and waters

Weathering is the breaking down of rocks, soil, and minerals as well as wood and artificial materials through contact with the Earth's atmosphere, water, and biological organisms. Weathering occurs in situ, that is, in the same place, with little or no movement, and thus should not be confused with erosion, which involves the movement of rocks and minerals by agents such as water, ice, snow, wind, waves and gravity and then being transported and deposited in other locations.

Vandalism deliberate damage or defacement of an object or structure

Vandalism is the action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.

The cemetery is currently under supervision of the Fairfax County Park Authority.


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