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Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A View from the Beginning

Welcome to the 1820s

 
 
A View from the Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
1. A View from the Beginning Marker
Inscription. (see captions)
 
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority.
 
Location. 38° 45.948′ N, 77° 5.732′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Huntley Meadows Lane west of Harrison Lane (County Road 723), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6918 County Rd 723, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Explore Historic Huntley (here, next to this marker); Huntley (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Huntley (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Beacon Field Airport (approx. ¾ mile away); Hybla Valley Airport (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gum Springs (approx. 1.4 miles away); Defenses of Washington (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. This marker is signed Margaret Wohler, June 2015.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of Historic Huntley. (Submitted on December 23, 2018.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
A View from the Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
2. A View from the Beginning Marker
Thomson Francis Mason image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
3. Thomson Francis Mason
Thomson Francis Mason, grandson of George Mason IV, was a prominent lawyer, mayor and judge in Alexandria, D.C. He worked tirelessly for the economic revitalization of the port of Alexandria.
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Elizabeth “Betsey” C. Mason image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
4. Elizabeth “Betsey” C. Mason
Betsey Mason outlived her husband Thomson by 35 years and was described as having “such determination to take all by storm.” She served a critical role in the preservation of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.
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Huntley Villa image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
5. Huntley Villa
The Masons were absent most of the time since Huntley was their summer villa. Huntley’s year round residents were the overseer and enslaved people, such as the Humphrey family, who farmed the land.

Huntley’s fashionable, Federal architecture and beautiful placement afforded Thomson Francis Mason a perfect setting to entertain family, friends and D. C.’s elite.
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Middle Turnpike image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
6. Middle Turnpike
If you drive State Route 7, thank T. F. Mason. As president of the Middle Turnpike Company, he met with President John Quincy Adams to gain approval for the road. The Middle Turnpike (Route 7) bolstered the bustling port of Alexandria by connecting it to thriving Shenandoah farms.
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Racetrack image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
7. Racetrack
For entertainment, T.F. Mason raced his horse, “Sir James,” at local tracks. In this gentlemen's world of horse racing, men were free to socialize, drink and bet.
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Colross<br>T. F. Mason's Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
8. Colross
T. F. Mason's Home
Thomson F. Mason died at Colross on Dec. 24, 1838. He was originally buried in a vault behind the house at Colross. The vault was later removed and the Masons' remains moved to Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery in Alexandria. Colross house was moved to Princeton New Jersey in 1929.
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Gunston Hall<br>T.F. Mason's Birthplace image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
9. Gunston Hall
T.F. Mason's Birthplace
Thomson F. Mason was born at the home of his grandfather, founding-father George Mason. His father was General Thomson Mason and his mother was Sarah McCarty Chichester.
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Okeley<br>Home of T.F. Mason's Brother image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
10. Okeley
Home of T.F. Mason's Brother
Okeley, the home of Dr. Richard Chicester Mason (1793-1869), prominent Alexandria physician and politician, was destroyed by fire during he Civil War, reportedly to prevent the spread of smallpox after its use as a hospital.
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Woodlawn<br>Nelly Custis Lewis's home<br>Friend of Betsey Mason image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
11. Woodlawn
Nelly Custis Lewis's home
Friend of Betsey Mason
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Mount Vernon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
12. Mount Vernon
Mrs. Betsey C. Mason was a vice-regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
Hollin Hall<br>T.F. Mason's Childhood home<br>Burned 1824 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2018
13. Hollin Hall
T.F. Mason's Childhood home
Burned 1824
Thomson Francis Mason was raised at Hollin Hall in Fairfax County. George Mason gave Hollin Hall to his son Thomson Mason (T.F.Mason's father) between 1781 and 1786. Fire destroyed Hollin Hall in 1824. The house that occupies the site of Hollin Hall belongs to the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church.
 
 
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