I was driving through Old Town Fairfax, VA recently, and noticed something oddly familiar just outside the historic Fairfax County Courthouse on the corner of Main St. and Chain Bridge Rd.—a bench, of all things. Two of them, in fact.

They’re benches the likes of which I hadn’t seen in probably 20 years or more. As far as I can tell, it’s exactly the same style of bench that Steward Manor had for years before upgrading. From the looks of them, they probably won’t be around much longer; so I’m glad I stopped by today and got a few photos.

The familiar twin concrete supports… The wooden seats and backrests… Even the wooden planks have an aged coat of brown paint just like the one behind my old building used to have. Who knows? Maybe this is a pair of old benches from Steward Manor. Have a seat and close your eyes for a moment—you’d swear you were back home in 1983.


About Richard Friend

I'm a graphic designer and creator of "Lost Laurel"—a collection of photos and print ephemera chronicling the countless stores, restaurants, and other long-lost merchants of Laurel, Maryland. I'm interesting in hearing from any former/current residents, especially those with vintage photos, literature, and recollections of the community.
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