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Jai Cole
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Park Authority Seeks Input on Mount Gilead Curator Application

Mount GileadThe Fairfax County Park Authority is beginning the evaluation of a new curator application for the Mount Gilead historic property located in the Sully District at 5634 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville. The evaluation will include multiple livestreamed work sessions, a public meeting and an extended public comment period to receive public input and questions for consideration of the application. Details pertaining to the proposed curator application and opportunities for submitting public comment are now available at the Mount Gilead Historic House Resident Curatorship website

Public comments are being accepted online and via mail through Monday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. The Park Authority will also host an in-person public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Centreville Regional Library (14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville). The meeting will include an overview of the Resident Curator Program, the curator application, and opportunity for questions and answers from the community.

The Evaluation Team will convene at its initial work session on Monday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be livestreamed and a recording will be made available following the meeting. Subsequent sessions have been scheduled at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29 (if needed), and Thursday, Feb. 8. While the work sessions will be viewable by the public, they will not include a public comment period.

Mount Gilead is an 18th-century vernacular-style house that was originally built as a combined residence and tavern. Several restorative changes were made to the property to preserve and rebuild the home in the mid-1930s, and again during the 1950s and 1960s. The house was recorded as part of the Virginia Landmarks Survey, as well as in the 1969 Historic American Buildings Survey. The 6-acre property and historic house was purchased by the Park Authority in 1996.

The Resident Curator Program offers long-term lease agreements to qualified tenants in beautiful public park settings. The curator leases are without charge in exchange for a financial commitment and approved rehabilitation of the Park Authority’s underutilized historic properties.

Learn more by visiting the Resident Curator Program website. For additional questions, contact Stephanie Langton, manager of the Resident Curator Program, at 703-324-8791.

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