Category Archives: History

On the loss of the Church

With all foreseeable options exhausted for saving the historic 1870s Church on Church Road, it is almost a foregone conclusion that it will soon be removed from the site, one of the last vestiges of an old Sterling/Guilford that exists … Continue reading

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Sterling’s role in early 20th-century surveying

Before the widespread use of global navigation systems, accurate surveying was carried out through the systems of traverse, triangulation, and trilateration. The United States Geological Survey regularly published its methodology in the form of the Results of Triangulation and Primary Traverse.  Printed in … Continue reading

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917 Church Road Sale pending

The circa 1900 farmhouse on West Church Road was put up for sale this summer and was recently withdrawn pending an offer. Let’s hope whoever bought it keeps the original structure standing, one of the oldest extant buildings in Sterling. … Continue reading

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Jack Delano’s photographs of Sterling, May 1940

As a photographer for the Farm Security Administration in the 1940s, Jack Delano produced a wealth of images capturing pre-WWII American life. Included in his thousands of Depression-era images held by the Library of Congress are five photographs that depict life … Continue reading

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Early Sterling Inventor: John A. Svedberg

Patent 459,528 for a ‘Coil Steam-Boiler,’ filed February 2nd, 1889, issued September 15, 1891, by John A. Svedberg of Sterling, Virginia. See full patent here. Svedberg gives no indication of his profession, but a search in the Official Register of … Continue reading

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Found on eBay: Oliver North letter

(Click to enlarge) The stamp from this Oliver North with a Sterling address dates it to between 1991 and 1993, probably sent during North’s unsuccessful 1994 bid to win a Virginia Senate seat. As documented in A Perfect Candidate, North … Continue reading

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United States Official Postal Guide, 1911

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