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Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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The Park Authority Mission is to enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

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Volunteers Turn Out for Clean-up at Historic Ash Grove

Volunteers pitched in on October 26, 2019, to help clean up around the historic Ash Grove house in the Tysons area. Their activities included trimming bushes, removing invasive plants, clearing vines from the building, and removing deadfall. The result was about 15 cubic yards of material removed from the property. Their efforts were part of the Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Fest. Ash Grove is one of the few 18th century Virginia houses built by the Fairfax family that are still standing today. In 1747, Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax, moved from England to Virginia to manage the Northern Neck Proprietary, land he inherited from his mother Catherine Culpeper Fairfax. It included more than five million acres of land in northern Virginia. The Ash Grove house is part of the Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program. Under this program to preserve historic properties, qualified tenants live rent-free in exchange for rehabilitating and maintaining these historic resources in accordance with established preservation standards. Pictured from left to right are: John Hopkins, Julie Herlands, Everett Herlands, Sophie Shayne, Kameela Lemma, Beth Barns. For more information, visit Resident Curator Program: Ash Grove Media Note: Click photo to download

New Richard Bland Lee Sign Unveiled at Sully Historic Site

A new interpretive sign commemorating Richard Bland Lee’s government achievement in the late 18th century was unveiled at Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The sign was developed in a partnership between the Park Authority and the Richard Bland Lee Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC). It is located close to a Civil War Trails sign that is near the gazebo at Sully. Members of the Daughters of American Colonists - Richard Bland Lee Chapter, Fairfax County Dignitaries, and Sully staff were on hand for the celebration. The house at Sully, built in 1794, was the country home of Richard Bland and Elizabeth Collins Lee. The new sign highlights Lee’s impact on early American life, including his time in the Federal Congress, as a commissioner supervising the reconstruction of buildings in Washington, D.C., after the War of 1812, and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates. Pictured left to right: Noreen McCann, Retired Visitor Services Manager, Sully Historic Site; Lee Hubbard, Vice Chair, Sully Foundation, Ltd.; Michael Frey, Sully Foundation Board; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kathy Smith, Sully District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Carol McDonnell, Sully Historic Site Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Tammy Higgs, Sully Historic Site Historian, Fairfax County Park Authority. Sully Historic Site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va. For more information about the historic site, call 703-437-1794. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711660183458

For nearly one hour, this past Saturday, friends and family joined with local officials and Park Authority staff members to share remembrances and honor the work of two site volunteers -- Marjorie and Robert Lundegard. The honors extended to renaming the Colvin Run Barn, now known as the Marjorie and Robert Lundegard Education Center. The naming recognizes the couple’s longtime advocacy for parks, education and history in Fairfax County, especially at Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, VA. The Lundegards spent much of their retirement volunteering and spearheading preservation efforts at the mill. Following Mr. Lundegard’s death this past May, he was hailed as a park icon and a dedicated and visionary leader. It was his wife, Marjorie, an acclaimed author and Fairfax County educator who first introduced Robert to the passion of mills. Over the years, the Lundegards traveled to other mills, bringing back their historic stories which were published with proceeds supporting Colvin Run Mill. Pictured from left to right at the unveiling of the new sign are Cindy Walsh, director of the Park Services Division, Paul Lundegard, Marjorie Lundegard, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Site Manager Mike Henry, Dranesville District Park Authority Board District Rep Tim Hackman, State Senator Barbara Favola and Gene Bachman, president of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill. For more information about this unique historic site and operating mill, visit Colvin Run Mill. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711537864991

Sully Historic Site’s House to Close for Maintenance

This is not ordinary housework. In some ways, it’s historic. The main house at Sully Historic Site will be closed to the public for the first five months of the new year. The historic house will undergo structural repair and maintenance, and it is scheduled to be closed from January 1, 2020, into May. Exhibits, historic artifacts and furniture in the house will be safely protected and packed to make room for work crews. The historic site’s grounds, outbuildings and visitor center will remain open, and the center will remain the main point of contact for all visitors. The visitor center will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Tours of the Fairfax County Park Authority property will resume in March, weather permitting. Cooking classes and demonstrations, scout programs, and all outreach programs will continue. Regular tours of the outbuildings and slave quarter cabin will be offered at least twice a day beginning in mid-March, and the site’s trails will remain open. The only building affected by the contracted work will be the site’s main house. Tours of the house will remain available through the end of this year. The repairs and maintenance at the main house are funded by the 2016 Park Bond. Repairs include work on siding and shutters, plaster and floors as well as painting and an electrical upgrade. Sully Historic Site is on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and part of the Virginia Civil War Trails. The house was built in 1794 and completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first Representative to Congress. Sully is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, VA. For more information visit online at Sully Historic Site or call 703-437-1794.

Have a Very Mason Christmas this Holiday Season

Take a step back in time and enjoy “A Very Mason Christmas” this holiday season at Historic Huntley. Many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today began in the 1850s. Come to the historic house and join in a celebration of Christmas that the Mason family might have enjoyed when they were the residents. Taste a non-alcoholic English syllabub drink, make your own luminary, and create a Christmas decoration or small gift to bring home. The program on Sunday, December 15, 2019, runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and is designed for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $10 per person. Register for A Very Mason Christmas Historic Huntley is located at 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria, VA, near the entrance to Huntley Meadows Park. For more information, call the park at 703-768-2525 or visit Historic Huntley.

Go Caroling or Visit with Santa on a Wagon Ride in a Park

Limber up your vocal chords and join in song and exploration on a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Shake off the chill with s'mores at the campfire. This family program is for participants age four to adult. The “Caroling Wagon Ride & Campfire” runs on two Saturdays – December 14 and December 21, 2019 – from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for Caroling Wagon Ride & Campfire Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. You’re in for a jolly time when Santa takes the wheel on the “Wagon Rides with Santa” at Frying Pan Farm Park. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa in the driver’s seat. Enjoy hot cocoa and roast marshmallows by the fire before or after your wagon ride. This program is designed for participants age two to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on three days: Sunday, December 15; Saturday, December 21; and Sunday, December 22. Register for rides on the half-hour. The cost is $5 per person. A registered adult is required to attend with all registered children. Register for Wagon Rides with Santa Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Gain Astronomical Knowledge in a Park and Under the Stars

There are more things in heaven and earth than you may have dreamed. Bone up on your astronomical knowledge with park events focusing on stars and meteors and in December. Turner Farm Park hosts a session on “Meteor Astronomy” on Thursday, December 12, 2019, for participants age 10 to adult. The class covers basic meteor astronomy with information on meteor makeup and origins, the best time to view meteors, and fireball reporting. See videos of past meteor showers. An optional observing session will be held outdoors after class, weather permitting. The program runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Advance registration is required. No walk-in registration is available. Register for Meteor Astronomy Come back to Turner Farm Park on Saturday, December 14 for an “Astronomy Festival.” Play games and enjoy activities such as guided star gazing, looking through a telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. There will be hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. This program runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is designed for participants age three to adult. The cost is $10 per person. This event will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing. Register for Astronomy Festival Turner Farm is located at 925 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-324-8618 or visit Turner Farm. Get the whole family into the star scene at the “Astronomy for Family Fun-Stars” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, December 14. Learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, including fun facts about our own star and the most easily viewed stars. Find out how you can further explore stars as a family. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and is designed for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Register for Astronomy for Family Fun-Stars Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
 
 
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