3900 Stoneybrooke Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22306
In 1780 Walter Brooke, a commodore of the Revolutionary War Navy of
Virginia, friend of George Washington, and first cousin to George
Mason, built a house just off the Kings Highway which he called
"Retirement." That house is now known as Stone Mansion. A major
renovation in the 1940s enlarged and modernized the house, added two
wings, a stone facade, and an elegant two-story colonnaded front porch.
Today, the house sits in a 14-acre park and offers two separate rooms,
a large formal entry hall with a quarter circular stair, screened
porch, and is situated on an expansive lawn.
Indoor Banquet: 50
Indoor Cocktail-Style Reception: 90
Indoor and Outdoor (with tent): 150
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Base Fee (4-hours): $600 for Fairfax County Residents; $800 for
Extra Hours: $150/hour for Fairfax County Residents; $200 for
Alcohol Beverage Use Fee: $150
Security Deposit: $400
The rental time is to include setup and cleanup time, as well as the
function. The security deposit is refunded after the rental, provided
there were no damages or contractual violations.
5 four-foot round tables
2 3 ½-foot round tables
6 six-foot rectangular tables
2 five-foot rectangular tables
50 off-white folding chairs
Central heat and air conditioning
Ceiling fans in gathering rooms
The Stone Mansion is wheelchair accessible.
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Stone Mansion History
The building known today as the Stone Mansion began life circa 1780
as a wood-frame manor home for the 400-acre plantation belonging to
Revolutionary War naval officer, Commodore Walter Brooke. Commodore
Brooke was the grandson of George Mason II and married a
great-granddaughter of the same Mason family. There is oral tradition
that when Walter was eight years old, he went to sea as a cabin boy
and later as a midshipman in the British Navy. Later in life, he
served as master of the merchant ship Martha. He commanded this ship
from Belle Haven, which today is a section of Alexandria. In 1772,
George Washington was ordering goods for Mount Vernon from London.
Brooke traveled to London, selected the goods and brought them back
on the Martha. Washington was to remain a friend and the Commodore
was a frequent guest at Mount Vernon.
During the Revolutionary War, Brooke was charged by the then
Governor, Patrick Henry, to defend the Eastern Shore. Brooke served
aboard the sloop, Liberty, in the Virginia Naval Forces until he was
forced to retire due to gout. He then moved to his new home, naming
For the next 165 years, the building remained much the same as it
had been built: a simple two-story four square with end chimneys.
After passing through several owners, the property ceased to be
farmed and was bought by Senator Robert LaFollette, Jr. to be his
home while serving in Congress. Due to political developments, the
LaFollettes never lived in the home and in 1938 it was sold to
Benjamin Cohen, a noted Alexandria jeweler.
Cohen proposed to raze the building, but due to wartime building
material shortages this was not allowed. He then proposed to
"restore" the structure. By 1945, Cohen had made significant
changes to the building. Interior walls were torn down and rooms
reconfigured. Two wings, a columned portico and stone facing were
added. The original structure in its entirety was surrounded by the
new construction. Today, all that can be seen of Commodore Brooke's
home are the original basement walls and cooking ovens.
The Stone Mansion is listed on the Fairfax County Inventory of
Historic Sites and with the Virginia Department of Historic