A small hamlet on the shores of the Potomac, the sleepy Springvale was big enough to warrant having its own elementary school, providing excellent education to its pupils. Its small size and location in a mostly rural Virginia region made it the perfect spot for a Vault. Construction began in the 2060s and local families petitioned Vault-Tec Industries for places in the Vault. At least one, the Gomez family, was accepted before the Great War destroyed humanity and Springvale with it.
For decades, it lay abandoned, remaining on the maps only because of its proximity to Megaton. In 2241, a survey team, led by Anne Palmer, from Vault 101 explored it, reporting that it was an abandoned ruin; An apt description of the derelict town. It was repopulated (if one can call it that) in 2277, by a raider war band under the leadership of Boppo. After Sheriff Lucas Simms disposed of the raider leader during his failed raid on Megaton, the new leader turned his sights to Vault 101. From their stronghold at the Springvale Elementary School, the raiders attempted to tunnel into the underground bunker, only stopped by an infestation of giant ants.
After the defeat of the Enclave in the Battle of Project Purity, extremists from the Church of the Children of Atom formed the Holy Light Monastery in one of the ruined buildings, preaching irradiation as the path to religious liberation. Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel would also begin to run regular water caravans through Springvale, bringing a measure of life to the desolate town.
Springvale is a small, rural town, or rather, the ruins thereof. Most of it has been picked clean, although there are goods to be found across the little town. Springvale Elementary School lies at the northern edge of the town, on the shores of the Potomac River, while the west-south round marks its southern boundary. Megaton lies a short walk to the south, visible from almost any point in the town.
- Letter from Vault-Tec: An acceptance letter addressed to the Gomez family can be found in the mailbox of their ruined residence.
- Pugilism Illustrated: Found in the mailbox of the house at #2.
The town is devoid of any actual inhabitants, except for Silver, who camps out at the small ranch. Outside the house, travelers can run into giant ants and vicious dogs, as well as an Enclave eyebot. On the northern end of the town, the raiders occupy the ruins of the Springvale Elementary School, using it as a staging area for caravan raids. Traders from Canterbury Commons will also occasionally enter the town on their way to and from Megaton.
After Take it Back! (if Broken Steel is installed), the aforementioned Children of Atom extremists, the Apostles of the Holy Light, establish a monastery in the ruined basement of the house closest to Megaton.
- With Broken Steel installed, occasionally an Enclave soldier will appear before The Waters of Life quest.
- Jenny Wilson will randomly spawn here and slowly walk back to Andale. A bug can occur where
Springvale appears only in Fallout 3.
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.387: "8.02: SPRINGVALE (LAT -02/LONG -04)
The township of Springvale is one of the first areas of devastation you may witness after exiting Vault 101. This derelict and pitiful hamlet is close to Megaton. Check all the mailboxes and drop-off boxes for items; one contains a Skill Book. One of the four ruined houses has a safe to open, another has food in a fridge. The water tower to the south is a source of irradiated water.
The remaining buildings to the north of the Red Rocket Gas Station are empty. There is a small ranch and a nearby Raider camp, pushed back into Springvade Elementary School [5.14] by the well-defended folks at Megaton. The Small Ranch is home to Silver, with scattered Chems, Food, and a First Aid Box (all must be stolen, with a Karma hit each time you grab anything)."
(Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Tour of the Capital Wasteland)
- Letter from Vault-Tec, Accepted
- Vault 101 terminals; Overseer's Terminal, Report 2241-02-10
- Springvale raider mining log
- Enclave field terminals; Enclave Field Research Terminal