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History of Dyke Marsh by Friends of Dyke Marsh
Dyke Marsh’s Varied Human History
Please join the Friends of Dyke Marsh to hear Matthew Virta, Cultural Resources Program Manager at the U.S. National Park Service, examine Dyke Marsh’s colorful history, from Native American Indian times to the present. Goings-on have included hunting, fishing, boating railroad development, underground vice activities, sand and gravel extraction, parkway development, and preservation and restoration efforts.
The program is co-sponsored by the Fairfax County History Commission.
The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22306 (about five miles south of the Beltway, just off U.S. 1). 703-768-2525 [publishable contact number]. Free to all. Directions: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is a 485-acre tidal freshwater marsh on the Potomac River one mile south of Old Town Alexandria, administered by the National Park Service and part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Friends of Dyke Marsh is a 35-year old conservation advocacy organization. Visit Friends of Dyke Marsh website: www.fodm.org
More About Huntley Meadows Park
Located at Harrison Lane and Lockheed Boulevard in Alexandria, Huntley Meadows Park houses one of six nature centers managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The 1,428-acre preserve contains wetlands and forest and is home to a variety of animals, including deer, beaver and hundreds of species of birds. A half-mile boardwalk leads to an observation tower with a view of the wetlands that is ideal for animal watching.
The park is also home to the Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, which is a perfect spot for retreats and birthday parties. The meeting room can accommodate up to 50 people and, for an additional fee, those interested can schedule a guided tour of the lush preserve. The center's gift shop sells a selection of nature-related goods, including books and stationary. For more information or to make a reservation, call the number provided or visit the park's website.