Springfield is an unincorporated town and census designated place in Fairfax County. Springfield can also refer to Greater Springfield, which is comprised of Central Springfield, North Springfield, and West Springfield.

Modern Springfield

In 1946, realtor Edward R. Carr determined that the 2300 acre tract was the last large area of undeveloped land within a 12-mile radius of Washington, and fashioned a plan for a community there, announcing the project in 1947. However, test wells drilled in March, 1948 determined that there was insufficient groundwater available for the proposed community of 25,000 people, necessitating the extension of water mains to the area.[1]


  1. "Planned Fairfax City to Get Needed Water Supply June." The Washington Post (1923-1954): B1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1994). Mar 30 1949. Web. 6 Dec. 2011.

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