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Door To Door: Waterford, Va. And Cameron Station, Va.

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Dak Hardwick, a resident of Cameron Station, stands in his neighborhood.
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Dak Hardwick, a resident of Cameron Station, stands in his neighborhood.

Cameron Station in Alexandria, Va.

Many years ago, Cameron Station was a U.S. Army base. Today, it's a residential neighborhood in Alexandria, bordered by I-395, I-495, and I-95. Despite its proximity to those major highways, Cameron Station is known for its open space, including two of the most popular parks in Alexandria.

Dak Hardwick, 36, is a resident of Cameron Station. He says the neighborhood includes more than 1,749 homes.

"I like to joke with people that my neighborhood, which is only 77 acres, is actually larger than four Virginia counties, in terms of population," he says.

Hardwick says the neighborhood draws an eclectic mix of residents.

"We have nuclear physists that work here, we have folks who work at the Defense Department here, but we also have retirees, and we also have young families," he says. "And that's important about Cameron Station. Not only do we have a great neighborhood, but we have a neighborhood elementary school, and that's what attracts a lot of these young families."

Waterford, Va.

Waterford, Va. was founded in 1733 by Quakers who came to the area from Pennsylvania. The town was declared a national historic landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in the 1970s — one of the few communities in America in which the entire town sits within a national historic landmark.

Ed Good has lived in Waterford since 1993, and says the town now consists of about 100 households.

During the Civil War, Waterford voted not to secede from the Union, a decision, Good says, "was difficult because they were and are in the state of Virginia."

Good says living in this historic community is like being transported back to a very different era.

"My favorite part about living in Waterford is that when we go home in the evening... it really is like driving backward in time," he says. "Waterford is a unique place, it has a unique atmosphere, it has wonderful people living there."


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