Resident Curator Program

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 927
Fairfax, Virginia

Stephanie Langton,
Resident Curator Program Manager

Lahey Lost Valley

Lahey Lost Valley Public Meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property will host a virtual public meeting 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. 

Meeting Details:

  • To access this meeting via the web, please click here (or see below for phone details).
  • For password information, please hover over or tap the FCPA logo below (it is case-sensitive).
  • If you would like to join by phone instead:
    • Call 602-333-0032
    • Press the pound key and when prompted, enter: 7-1-9-9-7-6

Contact the Public Information Office at if you encounter any issues or for more information.

Application Under Evaluation Team Review: 
RCP Lahey Lost Valley Application

3/3/2020 Meeting Summary

Lahey Lost Valley Lahey Lost Valley is a mid-18th century brick hall-parlor house with a 1940's brick addition. The house is located on land that was granted to William Gunnell in 1730. In 1741, Gunnell gave the land to two of his sons to divide. Henry Gunnell received this portion of land, and with his wife Catherine built a working plantation by 1760. Gunnell family members were leaders in Fairfax County through the 18th and 19th centuries. The family owned 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 of the brick house and used the freestanding building as an artist studio. In its place, the Laheys constructed a two-story brick addition. During 1990/1991, Carlotta Lahey arranged with FCPA a bequest to be included in her will to donate the house, furnishings, and 22 acres of land. Her wishes included that the house be uninhabited and be preserved along with the furnishings in the locations she had during her lifetime. For the land, she requested that it be largely undisturbed to be a nature preserve in ‘the midst of the unbelievable growth’ in Fairfax County. During the 1990s, FCPA worked with Mrs. Lahey to address some major condition problems with the house, mainly extensive insect damage on the lower levels. FCPA took possession of the property after Mrs. Lahey passed away in 1999.

Lahey Lost Valley Photographs

Resident Curator Program: Lahey Lost Valley

Lahey Lost Valley Documents

Lahey Lost Valley Resident Curator Process

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