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The house that was built for Thomson Francis Mason, is now open to the public. Thomson Francis Mason was the mayor of Alexandria, D.C. from 1827-30 and a grandson of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He used the federal period villa, which was built for him in 1825, as a summer retreat.
The 19th century architectural gem is located at 6918 Harrison Lane in Alexandria, near the main entrance to Huntley Meadows Park . Historic Huntley is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register and the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites. Since the Park Authority obtained the house and its surrounding 2.5 acres in 1989, it had been open only during semiannual events and for school and scout tours until undergoing recent renovation. Now the buildings are open for scheduled programs and tours, as well as Saturday tours between the months of April through October.
Over the years, Historic Huntley was used as a summer retreat, grain farm, encampment for the troops of the 3rd Michigan Infantry during the Civil War, and eventually converted to a dairy farm. It changed ownership several times, and in later years, after being abandoned, it suffered considerable vandalism.
The renovation got a boost from a $100,000 grant from the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures program, created by NPS to preserve significant historic properties and collections. The grant helped fund the site's extensive structural restoration work. Additionally, through two Park Bond programs, the Park Authority provided several million dollars towards preservation and redevelopment of the site.
In the coming years the staff of Huntley Meadows Park will expand the historical and cultural program offerings at the house. Efforts are also underway to install exterior interpretive signs. Finally, thanks to the passage of the Park Bond during the 2012 election, monies have been set aside to preserve and restore the Tenant House.
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Please help us protect this valuable resource.
- No trespassing after dark or December-February
- No littering, fires or alcohol
- No metal detectors
- No removal or disturbance of any artifacts, building materials or grounds
- No motorized vehicles
- No sleds, bikes or skateboards on site
- Dogs must be on leash at all times. Please pick up after your dog.
- Please respect our neighbors and don’t park outside the designated lot.