Welcome to Our Neighborhood!
Spring Lane street signs

arlyn Square is a bucolic oasis in the heart of bustling, historic Bailey's Crossroads in Fairfax County, Virginia — just minutes from the cultural diversity of Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Washington, DC.
Built in 1971, our 37 townhouses are tucked away on a cul-de-sac at the end of Spring Lane off Columbia Pike. We're just inside Fairfax County's border with Arlington, between Leesburg Pike and Carlin Springs Road. (Map)
We have an active, engaged community association with an elected Board of Directors and appointed subcommittees. Our square is a mix of new and long-time residents. Some are original owners while others have lived here for two or three decades, which speaks to the great quality of life in our friendly neighborhood.



by Dottie Moser, Resident, Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads (GHBC)

A little more history to sharpen our knowledge of the BC in GHBC, the place we call home.


The opening months of the American Civil War proved to be a disruptive and unforgettable episode in the history of Bailey's Crossroads. Virginia voted to secede from the Union on May 23, 1861. In July, 1861, the Union Army met with defeat during the first Battle of Manassas and retreated to Washington. The Confederate Army advanced quickly behind it to occupy Falls Church and Munson’s Hill overlooking Bailey's Crossroads. The Confederates built a crude fort atop Munson’s Hill, turning Bailey's Crossroads into a "killing field.” It became impossible to walk the Leesburg Pike without being shot. The official reports on the "War of the Rebellion" indicate that at the end of August, 1861, a series of skirmishes took place at a location known as Bailey's Crossroads. The local balance of power changed completely on September 28, 1851 when the Confederate Army silently withdrew its forces from Munson’s Hill to Manassas, where they had good railroad and road connections.

After this Confederate withdrawal, the area quickly was re-occupied by the Union Troops. On November 20, 1861, a significant troop review took place at Bailey's Crossroads.

General George McClellan observing the Army of the Potomac's 70,000 man Grand Review on November 20, 1861.
Thousands of Union troops paraded before President Abraham Lincoln and the northern press as well as military leaders and many other onlookers from Washington. Army commanders selected Bailey's Crossroads as the site because of its nature as a large, unbroken plain.*

After the Civil War, Bailey's Crossroads returned to being a rural farming community until the post-World War II years, when a massive wave of development occurred. Look around as you travel to and from GHBC and you will get the picture.


*This ceremony inspired Julia Ward Howe, visiting from New York, to compose "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after hearing the troops sing "John Brown's Body," from which she borrowed the melody.

Further Reading

Boundary Adjustment Review
for Glen Forest Elementary

Glen Forest Elementary School
Glen Forest Elementary School parents and community members pitched their ideas about reducing the number of students at Glen Forest Elementary School at a June 10, 2019 meeting with officials of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The officials called the confab to discuss a boundary adjustment that could possibly move some students to Bailey’s Primary, Bailey’s Upper, and Parklawn elementary schools to relieve overcrowding at Glen Forest.

The school is at full capacity with more than 1,100 students, the largest elementary school population in Fairfax County. That has led to bus and car gridlock on Glen Forest Drive, a lunch schedule with the first of three shifts starting at 10:30 a.m., and safety concerns.

At the meeting, parents, guardians, students, staff, and nearby residents learned about the FCPS boundary adjustment process and gathered in small groups to provide feedback about the scope of the adjustment for Glen Forest. The community meeting was the first step in that process under FCPS regulations.

All but one group agreed that elementary schools beyond Bailey's Upper and Lower and Parklawn should be included in the boundary adjustment. The Carlyn Square group recommended that some Parklawn students who live within the Annandale High School pyramid be shifted to schools in that district to make room for some Glen Forest children. However, students moved from Glen Forest Elementary would remain in the Justice High School Pyramid, 
according to a recent memo from Fabio Zuluaga, the Region 2 Assistant Superintendent who chaired the meeting.

The next step in the boundary adjustment process will be a boundary study by FCPS staff. During the study, possible options will be presented for the community to consider, based on input from the June 10 meeting. Another community meeting will be held in the fall.

The school board will then schedule a public hearing and subsequently make a final decision on a boundary adjustment.

Superintent Zuluaga told some Carlyn Square residents after the meeting that the proposal to route departing school bus traffic down Spring Lane as another measure to relieve Glen Forest Drive congestion has not been ruled out, but would be considered only after it is seen how a boundary adjustment works. Our Association opposes the idea of bus rerouting. A decision on this would be discussed in a public forum and not sprung secretly on the neighborhood, he said.