Huntley - Alexandria, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 38° 45.942 W 077° 05.691
18S E 317997 N 4292860
Quick Description: Located at the intersection of Huntley Meadows Lane and Harrison Lane.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/11/2021 11:14:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM14QTA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
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Built by Thomson Francis Mason in 1825, Huntley was a secondary residence and summer retreat. This small but significant Federal Period villa has seen the growth of Fairfax County from vast agricultural fields, through the strife of civil war, from dairy farms serving a growing population, to the built community we know today. Huntley holds many mysteries some of which historicans have begun to solve, but others, such as where was the kitchen located, endure.

Thomson F. Mason (1785-1838) was a grandson of George Mason IV of Gunston Hall, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, Thomson's principle residence was in what is now Old Town Alexandria where he was one of the most visible and well praised leaders of his time. He was a prominent lawyer, mayor, justice of the peace, president of the Mille Turnpike and Alexandria Canal companies, and the first judge of the District of Columbia's criminal court.

The majority of the Mason estate is now preserved as parkland - Huntley Meadows Park. Standing on the porch today, you can feel the refreshing breezes and imagine the magnificent 19th century view over fields of greain leading to the white sails of ships on the Potomac.
Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1825

Architectural Period/Style: Federal Period Villa

Architect (if known): Benjamin H. Latrobe or George Hadfield

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:
Country House


Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
There are a lot of unknowns about the building, including the architect.


Main Material of Construction: Brick

Private/Public Access: Public

Related Website: [Web Link]

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Additional Dates of Construction: Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Not listed

Admission Fee (if applicable): Not Listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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