Leland and Helen bought Elmwood on Old Dominion Drive in Mclean VA in 1939. This is where they lived until Leland’s retirement from the Veterans Administration, and where they raised their youngest daughter Mary Lois who was 5 years old when they left Milton Gardens.
Left to right:
1. Leland the late 40s with Shandy and Chang (smaller dog) in front of Elmwood.
2. Leland with me on his Tennessee Walker and holding Blue Jean around 1950-51.
3. Leland and Helen in the early 1950s.
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The scenes below show my Grandfather Leland preparing to take me (eldest grandchild Crick Leavitt) and my cousin Suzy Cornbrooks (eldest Granddaughter) for a surrey ride on dirt roads in the late 1940s in McLean. We trotted down Grandfather’s long dirt driveway to Old Dominion Drive and then did a sharp right onto Balls Hill Road, a dirt road then which headed toward Seven Corners. I found the intersection of Balls Hill and Old Dominion on Google Maps and if you go to the satellite image, you can see my Grandfather’s long driveway winding up to the house, McLean House, on the west side of Old Dominion where Balls Hill angles off of Old Dominion. It’s all still there.