Directions to the Singing Locations of the
Potomac River Shape-Note Singing Convention


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA 22042. Just off U.S. Rte. 50 (Arlington Blvd.) on its north side, approximately 1.8 miles inside (east of) the Beltway (I-495). Rothenberg Hall is a meeting/event hall in a wing of the church to the right of the (taller) sanctuary wing and entered directly from Woodlawn Ave.

Directions to the Church: It would be helpful to consult Google Maps for a good map and directions. In the Falls Church area, Arlington Blvd. is an east-west artery consisting of the divided highway U.S. 50 and service lanes on both the north and south sides. The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is on the northwest corner of the intersection of the north service lane of Arlington Blvd. with Woodlawn Avenue. Vehicles can access Woodlawn Ave. directly from the U.S. 50 highway lanes (both directions) via a crossroad, but if traffic is heavy it may be easier to use the service lanes, particularly if a left turn is required.

A: If coming from Interstate 495 (Beltway), exit at Exit 50B, US 50 East- Arlington Blvd. toward Arlington. Go east 1.4 miles to the fourth traffic light, which is Graham Rd. and turn left, but then turn immediately right on to the north service lane in front of the Exxon station. Go east on the service lane for 0.4 mile and find the church at the intersection with Woodlawn Ave. If traffic on the highway lanes is light, you may choose not to take the service lane but to continue eastward in the highway lanes beyond Graham Rd. for 0.4 mile and turn left directly from the highway at Woodlawn Ave. (To turn left, you must be in the left lane of the highway and then enter the left-turn cut-out lane, and then wait for a break in the westbound traffic.

B: If coming from points east of the church, e.g. D.C. or Arlington, VA, get onto Arlington Blvd, U.S. Route 50 going west. After you reach the intersection of Annandale Rd., where there is a traffic light, continue on Arlington Blvd. for 0.75 mile, then slow down and turn right onto Woodlawn Ave. directly from the highway. If you miss this turn, continue west on the highway lanes 0.4 mile to Graham Rd., and then turn right and immediately turn right again onto the north service lane and return eastward for 0.4 mile to the church.

Public Transportation to the Church: There is no nearby Metrorail station, but Arlington Blvd. is served by Metrobus line 1A. Consult the Trip Planner at www.wmata.com.


The Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike (Virginia route 193), Great Falls Virginia, (six miles west-northwest of the I-495 Beltway exit 44.

Built in 1929 for the Great Falls chapter of the Fraternal Order of Husbandry (also known as the Grange movement), this classic public assembly hall has been the site of private and community gatherings, as well as musical and theatrical performances, throughout its life. The upstairs room, has phenomenal acoustics for Sacred Harp singing, and is of the ideal size for 100-120 singers. The room has hardwood floors, plaster walls, barrel-vaulted bead board (wooden) ceiling, and large windows, and has elegant touches, such as chandeliers, as well. Renovations were completed in early March 2015 to make the Grange ADA-compliant, enabling access by wheelchair-bound guests. An electric wheelchair lift and a unisex ADA-compliant restroom were installed.

Directions: (It will be helpful to consult Google Maps for directions to the Grange.)

A: If coming from Interstate 495 (Beltway), exit at Virginia exit 44 (Rte. 193, Georgetown Pike) following the signs to Great Falls, VA. (The ramps are simple when coming from Virginia, but if coming from Maryland, cross the Potomac River in the right lane, and just after the bridge, you MUST enter a service lane marked for exit 43-44; stay in this service lane until you reach exit 44/Rte. 193.) Travel west on Rte. 193 toward Great Falls, VA for 6.2 miles to the red-brick Grange on the right at 9818 next to the public library and just prior to the Village shopping center.

B: If coming from D.C., get onto the George Washington Parkway along the west bank of the Potomac and follow it northwest to the Beltway, at which point follow the "Virginia" sign and then the service lane to Rte. 193, and proceed as above.

C: If approaching from the west on Rte. 7, turn eastward onto Rte. 193 at Dranesville and go 3.1 miles east to Great Falls Village and continue 0.2 mile to the Grange on the left.

Parking is in lots and spaces for the Grange and public library. There is frequently an employee of Fairfax County Historic Properties to guide you. Sometimes all spaces are full and singers have parked on the side of Georgetown Pike or in the lots of the shopping center just beyond (west of) the Grange area.

Public Transportation to the Grange? None on weekends. For help with transportation, post a request on the convention's Facebook page, and/or the DC Shape Note Singers Facebook Group. If you do not wish to join Facebook, please contact the Housing Coordinator listed on the Lodging page.

Note for Sightseers: After singing on Sunday, consider visiting Great Falls National Park (fee), which is entered 1.8 miles east of the Grange on Rte. 193.

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