Mason Hill Civil War Trail Marker To Be Unveiled
On Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. the public will have a chance to witness the dedication of a Civil War Trail Marker at Mason’s Hill. The marker will be unveiled at Mason District Park located at 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, VA. The ceremony will be held in the park’s main parking lot at the south end.
According to historians during the Civil War, Confederate Col. J. E. B. Stuart used Mason's Hill and nearby Munson's Hill as outposts for the First Virginia Cavalry from late July to the end of Sept. 1861. Capt. Edward Porter Alexander of the Signal Corps established a signal station on Mason's Hill. He installed a six-foot "astronomical glass" to observe Washington, D.C.; however, the Confederates abandoned Mason's Hill.
In attendance will be Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, Fairfax County History Commissioners, members of the Park Authority Board, descendants of the Bailey and Munson families, reenactors including Colonel Mosby on horseback as well as other friends in Civil War attire.
Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. For more information contact the Mason District Supervisor’s Office at 703-256-7717 or Naomi Sokol Zeavin with the History Commission at 703-534-3005.