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Posted: 07/12/2016

Fairfax County Park Authority
Huntley Historic Site

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.

Architectural Conservation Internship
Internship Opportunity
Alexandria, VA
$2800 stipend


Historic Huntley, Huntley Meadows Park, seeks applicants for an Architectural Conservation Intern position.  Qualified candidates should have a background in historic preservation and, or architecture, be comfortable performing field work at a construction site, be able to maintain detailed treatment records, and be proficient in historical research and writing. Experience in scale drawing or software appropriate for drafting preferred. Experience working with archaeologists and archaeological evidence also a plus.


The applicant will monitor the renovation of a masonry residence believed to have been built in 1827, document original construction evidence and materials as they are revealed, conduct historical research, and write an addendum to an existing building structure report.


The position is 480 hours and includes a stipend of $2800. Schedule will be dependent upon renovation progress. Students interested in earning independent study or credited internship hours welcome.


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How to apply
Applicants should email their resume and a writing sample to Kathleen O'Shea, Facilities and Visitor Services Manager of Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley. Questions? Email or call, please.
Kathleen O'Shea
Phone: 703-768-2525
6910 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

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