Falls Church

Welcome to Falls Church

Three hundred years of American history and counting

Falls Church was named after “The Falls Church,” a Church of England parish dating from 1732, and its brick church is still being used today. The area was settled around 1700, became a town in 1875, and later reached city status in 1948. Its most famous character was our first president, George Washington, who was a vestryman of the church. Falls Church is also known for being occupied by both Confederate and Union troops at different times during the Civil War.
Today, Falls Church is a dynamic, upscale, independent city. History lovers will appreciate its old architecture and will find Georgian, Colonial, and Victorian homes on beautiful, tree-lined streets. There are also modern homes, townhouses, and condominiums. Residents enjoy 14 different parks with walking trails and bike paths. Falls Church also has plenty of boutiques, bistros, restaurants, art galleries, and theaters.

What to Love

  • Close to exclusive dining and shopping in Washington, D.C.
  • Many shops, restaurants, bistros, spas, and boutiques
  • Several public parks for hiking, walking, and picnicking
  • Tours through historic districts and mansions
  • Variety of community services such as teen and senior centers
  • The Mary Riley Styles Public Library with many clubs, groups, and activities

Local Lifestyle

The best way to fall in love with Falls Church, and stay in love, is to take the Victorian Walking Tour, a path through all of the city’s historic sites. Residents enjoy doing this because they cherish their deep ties with American history. They also like to hang out at the Farmers Market, where they can pick up some coffee and fresh produce. Many people find a connection through art, theater, and performance, and the Creative Cauldron offers the locals year-round performances as well as theater and music classes.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Stop by Cafe Kindred for indoor or outdoor brunch and try their curry poutine for a spicy change. Later, for the best miso soup, gyoza dumplings, and sushi in the city, head on over to Koi Koi. For date night at a vintage restaurant in a vintage city, go to the Dogwood Tavern, and try the grilled ribeye with some hot mulled cider. Of course, any time is a good time for ice cream, but if it’s farm-made from grass-fed Jersey cows, then you’re probably at Lil City Creamery. Ask for the root beer float.
Make a day of it (or a week of it) and enjoy the 120+ stores at the Eden Center, where you’ll find jewelry stores, salons, restaurants, bakeries, gift shops, and more. 

Falls Church residents are known for their year-round celebrations, and the Recreation and Parks Department continually hosts events throughout the year. If Valentine’s Day Tea, parades, Civil War reenactment, music concerts, carnivals, and craft shows sound good to you, then the Special Events of the Recreation Department await.

Things to Do

About six miles away in nearby Vienna, you’ll find the Westwood Country Club. This is where Falls Church residents go to relax on a 157-acre piece of paradise that includes an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and an exclusive clubhouse. 

Those who love horseback riding, or want lessons, will find the Angelica Run Farm, also in Vienna, to be the perfect place for equine activities. If outdoor music and dancing are your things, don’t miss the Summer Concerts in Cherry Hill Park.


Falls Church is served by the Falls Church City Public Schools district and is notable for the following schools.
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