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Historic Huntley

This exciting new park is growing.
Please check back for updates and changes, especially regarding
tours, programs and rental opportunities.

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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Park Rules
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.
  • Download Site Map

Friends of Historic Huntley, a not-for-profit devoted to preserving and protecting Historic Huntley, has advocated for the site for 20 years. By joining this esteemed organization you can help support a local historical gem. For membership information, call the park or visit them online.

Site Map
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Hours of Operation

Historic Huntley, 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria
For information, call Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525

The grounds at Historic Huntley are open March-November, dawn to dusk. Historic Huntley is closed December-February.

Buildings are open during weekend tours (Saturdays, 10am-3pm; April-October) and for scheduled programs, open houses and special events.


Saturday tours begin April 30, 2016 and continue until the end of October.

Tours are 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m.

Students 16 and up - $4
Adults - $5
Seniors - $3
Children 5 to 15 - $3
Children under 5 - free admission

Payment by cash or check preferred, but we can accept Visa and Mastercard. Payment occurs on-site at Historic Huntley.

Please be aware that approximately a half hour is spent outside during the tour, and plan accordingly for the weather. If extreme weather is forecast, please call the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center for last-minute cancellation information.


A menu of engaging and informative programs is available for visitors of all ages, from scouts and school groups to universities and historical societies. School-age programs will be created with SOL requirements in mind, and scout merit badge programs will be available. Custom programs for special groups will be possible with enough advance notice. Please call Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525 for information. $8 per person.

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Rental Opportunities

Tables and chairs are available for use; please be prepared to do your own set-up and clean-up. Available to rent: April-November
House: $85/hr, maximum capacity 60
Lower level only: $60/hr,  maximum 30
(20% discount for non-profit)

Call 703-768-2525 to find out more and to make a reservation.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help with programs for all ages, weekly building tours, site care and cultural resource projects.

Learn how to become a historic site docent or caretaker.

Please contact us to learn about these opportunities, 703-768-2525.

Lean more about the Friends of Historic Huntley who have advocated for the site for 20 years at


Accessibility    Assistance is available to access the upper buildings and grounds during scheduled programs, events and tours only. If you're calling during Saturday tours, you can contact site staff at 703- 660-8420 to request assistance. All other times, please call Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525.

Please be aware that approximately a half hour is spent outside during the tour, and plan accordingly for the weather. If extreme weather is forecast, please call the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center for last-minute cancellation information.

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