Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Lahey Lost Valley Curatorship Under Consideration

Lahey lost valleyThe Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. to score the Resident Curator Program application received for the Lahey Lost Valley property and determine the selection outcome.

The meeting will be available for public viewing. For information on how to join via computer or phone, visit the Lahey Lost Valley website.

The proposal for Lahey Lost Valley was presented during a public meeting held on March 3, 2020. This meeting provided an opportunity for the applicant to present his proposal to the evaluation team in a public forum. A summary of this meeting and the application can be found on the Lahey Lost Valley page of the Resident Curator Program website.

Members of the public are asked to submit comments in writing to the project manager via parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov by Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

The Lahey Lost Valley House is a mid-18th century brick hall-parlor house with a 1940s brick addition. The house is located on land granted to William Gunnell in 1730. His son Henry Gunnell, together with Henry’s wife, Catherine, built a working plantation on the site by 1760. The family continued to own the property through the 1930s.

In 1940, the house and 45 acres were sold to Richard and Carlotta Lahey. The Laheys moved a wood-framed kitchen addition off the brick house and used it as a freestanding artist studio. In its place, they constructed a two-story brick addition. Between 1990 and 1991, Carlotta Lahey arranged with FCPA a bequest to be included in her will to donate the house, furnishings and 22 acres of land. FCPA took possession of the property after Mrs. Lahey passed away in 1999.

For information visit the Resident Curator Program website. Or contact Stephanie Langton, manager of the Resident Curator Program at 703-324-8791.

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