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

Missing Views, Lost Stories

A View for All Time

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
1. Missing Views, Lost Stories Marker
Inscription.  Before the Civil War, the only full-time Huntley residents were those who worked the land: the enslaved people and the overseers. They labored to raise profitable crops of wheat, oats, rye, and corn for the Masons.

In August 1828, Bob, a 45-year-old enslaved man, fled Huntley with little more than the clothes on his back. Slighter Smith, the overseer, ran an ad in the newspaper offering a $25 reward for Bob's return.

We don't know what happened to Bob. Where did he go? Who helped him? Did he leave family behind? Was he recaptured? Did he find freedom?
 
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority.
 
Location. 38° 45.952′ N, 77° 5.735′ W. Marker is in Groveton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Harrison Lane (County Route 723) and Huntley Meadows Lane, on the right when traveling south. This marker is in front of the tenant house at Huntley. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A View from the Beginning (a few steps from
Missing Views, Lost Stories Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
2. Missing Views, Lost Stories Marker
this marker); Explore Historic Huntley (a few steps from this marker); Huntley (within shouting distance of this marker); New Views, New Voices (within shouting distance of this marker); Unfolding Views, Hidden Stories (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Huntley (about 400 feet away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Beacon Field Airport (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groveton.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of Historic Huntley. (Submitted on January 13, 2020.)
 
Categories. African Americans
 
Bob Escaping Huntley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
3. Bob Escaping Huntley
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$25 Reward. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
4. $25 Reward.
Ran Away from the farm of Thomas F. Mason, Fairfax county on the night of 2d instant, negro Bob. He is about 6 feet high, stout made, very black and about 45 years of age; has a stammering in his speech; his right leg sore. He had on when he eloped, brown linen shirt and trowsers, and took with him blue coat, white linsey trowsers, and black fur hat. I will give $10 for taking and securing him so I get him again if in the county, if taken out of the county or District of Columbia, $25.
Slighter Smith, Agent
for Thomas F. Mason
Fairfax County, State of Virginia
     aug 5
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Was this house originally a duplex? image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
5. Was this house originally a duplex?
Architectural clues hint that it may have been. The overseer may have lived on one side and the enslaved people on the other. So far, no one has found records to confirm how it was used or who lived there.
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Today, this house is used for park programs, events, and as a rental (Call 793-768-2525 for details) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2020
6. Today, this house is used for park programs, events, and as a rental (Call 793-768-2525 for details)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 7, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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