About the Mount Vernon District
Mount Vernon is a special place to live, offering many amenities to its residents. However, newcomers may not be aware of all our county has to offer. Take a look at the Newcomer's Guide to see a comprehensive list of resources and opportunities. Of course, getting around is important too, so check out Transportation as well. If you have questions regarding local businesses, the Mount Vernon - Lee Chamber of Commerce is a great resource as well as the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation. Please visit the county's demographics page for more details about the Mount Vernon District.
Our county library system offers research and entertainment opportunities beyond compare. The branches are staffed with intelligent and friendly librarians and a team of volunteers who assist in day-to-day operations. We are privileged to have four library branches in the Mount Vernon District - Sherwood Regional, Kingstowne, Lorton, and Martha Washington. The library system website is a robust knowledge base and I encourage you to take a look at it. The libraries also host many programs, and there is something for everyone. Take a look at the library calendar and I'm sure you'll find something of interest.
All Mount Vernon residents are welcome to visit my office in the Governmental Center at 2511 Parkers Lane, between the Fire Station and Mount Vernon Hospital. My staff stands ready to help you navigate the Fairfax County Government and answer any questions you may have.
On most business days, we have a Notary Public available to assist you at no charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 703-780-7518 in advance to be sure a notary will be available.
Historic Sites in the Mount Vernon District
If you haven't already done so, please be sure to visit the historic sites in the Mount Vernon District. They include:
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Woodlawn Plantation and the Pope-Leighey House
Gunston Hall Plantation
Parks and Recreation
For those with a desire for less structure, there are two Fairfax County Park Authority recreation centers available for residents. The Mount Vernon Recreation Center located on Fort Hunt Road and Belle View Boulevard offers a wide range of exercise programs, ice skating, water aerobics and swimming. The smaller George Washington Recreation Center, located next door to the Riverside Elementary School on Old Mount Vernon Road, offers a variety of water activities, treadmills and stationary bikes.
If you'd just like to take a walk, try the trail along the Mount Vernon Parkway early one morning with the Potomac River by your side. The fall foliage is beautiful, the vistas breathtaking and the sight of egrets, blue herons and wild ducks will take you away from your daily cares. If your heart's desire is sailing, you can do this into early fall at the National Park Service's Belle Haven Marina. For those who like to fish, the Potomac River is one of the best bass fishing areas on the East Coast.
Just off the Mount Vernon Parkway is Fort Hunt Park, managed by the National Park Service. On a warm, summer Sunday evening, many of our residents gather at the Park to hear concerts sponsored free by the National Park Service to the public by artists offering a wide range of music from classical to country-western to Chinese.
In the southern portion of Mount Vernon District, we are fortunate to have Mason Neck State Park, which has canoeing, trails, and a picnic area, and Pohick Regional Park, which offers opportunities for camping, hiking, boating, swimming, equestrian trails and golfing. At the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, bird watching is a common activity, and available to all via the handicap-accessible trail. The Refuge provides a natural habitat for the American Bald Eagle where this majestic bird is frequently seen nesting or flying overhead.
Perhaps you want to try your hand in civic matters? The Mount Vernon District has almost 200 civic and homeowners associations. Many of these associations belong to one of two umbrella groups -- the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations or the South County Federation. Through their elected officers and board members, civic associations participate in and influence outcomes on land use, transportation, school, environmental, and county budgetary issues. Citizens are urged to take advantage of the Meeting Rooms available at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center for civic meetings or for club activities.
One event of significance to residents is the Mount Vernon District
Annual Town Meeting which I have been sponsoring since I took office in
1988. The Annual Town Meeting is customarily held on the last Saturday in
January in the "Little Theatre" at Mount Vernon High
The Mount Vernon Community is one which encourages participation on all levels. If you have young children, the PTA may be your first avenue of involvement. Hopefully those youngsters are active and like taking part in sports. Whether this happens through the schools, scouting, parks, recreation and community services or on one of the many soccer, baseball, softball or basketball leagues depends on your joint decision with your youngster. Our high schools offer a plethora of choices in after school activities as well. If you interested in programs available for our senior citizens, please visit or contact one of our Senior Centers.
On the second weekend of June, starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday night, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. hosts the Fairfax Fair. The fair is a gigantic effort and visitors will be able to enjoy live bands and children's entertainment, a full carnival, a crafts exhibit and show, and exhibits and freebies from many county agencies and private companies. One highlight of the Fairfax Fair is the announcement of the Lords and Ladies Fairfax who represent each of the nine Magisterial Districts in Fairfax County. There is something for everyone in the family at the Fairfax Fair!
Two special features Mount Vernon has to offer are the Farmer's Markets - which are a wonderful place to purchase fresh produce, flowers, plants, herbs, and baked goods provided by local growers:
Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 8 am - Noon
May - November
Sherwood Regional Library
Lorton Farmers Market, 9 am - 1 pm
May - October
VRE Parking Lot
In closing, I hope my enthusiasm has stimulated you to participate in your community and its many activities. If you are a newcomer reading this message, I welcome you wholeheartedly. If you already are a resident of the Mount Vernon District, I don't have to convince you of the benefits of living here and hope that you continue to enjoy all the best that our district offers.Gerry Hyland