Collingwood Library and Museum

The Collingwood Foundation‘s main building and grounds, which were once part of George Washington’s River Farm, are south of Alexandria on the banks of the Potomac River, surrounded by woods and gardens. The mission of the foundation is to foster an appreciation of our American Heritage by sharing these facilities with all. There are three components to achieving this mission.

Firstly, the Collingwood Library on Americanism boasts a library of more than five thousand volumes on American heritage. Secondly, the Collingwood Museum is home to an eclectic collection of Americana. Lastly, the foundation opens the grounds to serve as a venue for weddings, corporate gatherings and other private events. are available for weddings, receptions and other private functions.

Collingwood, as the whole is generally referred to, is primarily dependent upon contributions from the public and income from third party events. Collingwood is comprised of a historic mansion between the Potomac and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Today the property is approximately 8.7 acres but the property was once a part of George Washington’s estate of his River Farm at Mount Vernon. Collingwood was purchased by George Washington in 1760. River Farm was the largest of the five working farms all of which were a part of his Mount Vernon estate. Collingwood’s namesake was a member of the British forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill and in 1805 an Admiral commanding a portion of the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar.

The original house constructed in 1792 was a modest one, but in time there were at least three major additions to the house. From a small two-room house to its current condition as a colonial mansion the property has had many occupants and usages over time. Over the course of the last two and half centuries, Collingwood has been home to farmers, a ferry operator, airline crew members, and Intelligence School students. For a part of the 20th Century, Collingwood served up meals as an area restaurant.

But time took a toll on Colingwood and by 1977 it was no more than overgrown, neglected land and a much vandalized building that only hinted at the history found here. At that time a group of dedicated National Sojourners obtained the property. took possession of the property. Presently, the Foundation for Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism, with offices for Headquarters National Sojourners, maintains and occupies the property.

Collingwood Library and Museum consists of a historic mansion that houses thousands of books and artifacts relating to the history of America. As part of George Washington’s River Farm, our rich history had many of our founding fathers walking this land in our nation’s infancy. Nestled on approximately 8.7 acres on the Potomac River off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, VA, Collingwood is available for conferences, retreats, business meetings and weddings.

 

Featured Neighborhoods in Southern Fairfax County

I make no secret of my love of Southern Fairfax County. It’s definitely one of my favorite areas of Northern VA. From upscale and luxurious homes to budget-saving cheapos, you can find it here in a community that is close to town, easy on traffic and loaded with activities and amenities.

To make things a little more confusing, Fairfax County surrounds the City of Fairfax. Locals generally refer to the county as “Fairfax County” and the city as “Fairfax”, but Alexandria uses the opposite nomenclature. “Alexandria” generally refers to greater/postal Alexandria, while “City of Alexandria” refers to the jurisdiction of the City of Alexandria. So if you’re a newcomer here it can be a little tricky to find the right home at the right price in the South County area. Contact us if you’re looking for a local expert and we’ll put you on the path to finding the home that you really want. Some highlights of the Mount Vernon / Alexandria area include:

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4 Personal Benefits of Volunteering

I recently started volunteering as a coach for Fort Hunt Youth Basketball and I believe volunteering has some great benefits.

  • Friendship- When people get together, relationships are formed. After coaching a few practices, it’s not uncommon for volunteers to exchange phone numbers or social media information. By giving just a small amount of time, lifetime bonds may be established.
  • Community- Building with your community gives a sense of pride. Whether you are volunteering at your local recreation center or at your local food kitchen, this will save money. Saving money saves resources and funds can now go toward other local improvements.
  • Personal Growth- Experiencing new things and environments will lead to personal growth. Skills you may not have known you had will become more apparent.
  • Health- Volunteering will naturally make you a more active person. Research has found that volunteering has amazing health benefits. While thinking of others, one can battle depression and social confinement.

5 Things To Do in Fort Hunt, Virginia

Fort Hunt is located in Fairfax County, Virginia. As one of the wealthiest locations in Virginia, it was one of the first suburbs in Fairfax County and named for a former military base.  There are many sites to see in the Fort Hunt area including:

  1. Fort Hunt National Park – plenty of room for picnics, ballgames and walking
  2. Potomac River – fishing, kayaking, boating
  3. George Washington Parkway Trail – bicycling, jogging, picnicing
  4. Belle Haven Marina – boat rentals, boat launch, slips, fishing
  5. Collingwood Library and Museum – History

 

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Live near Fort Hunt Park

Fort Hunt Park consists of 105 acres located along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria. The Park is a part of the over 7,000 acres that make up the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The lands of Fort Hunt Park were originally a part of George Washington’s personal farm then became a military outpost and now serve as a picnic area and nature park.

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Fort Hunt.

So that all may better understand the history of Fort Hunt, the Park Service has begun research to uncover the names of the many veterans who served at Fort Hunt when it was a military outpost.

Fort Hunt Park was converted into a fortification during the Spanish – American War. In 1897 the fort was modernized for military operations. During War World II the fort was used as a top secret military intelligence outpost.

After both World War I and World War II, Fort Hunt was virtually abandoned due to military cutbacks. The National Park Service now administers Fort Hunt Park as a recreational park for public use. Fort Hunt has been a focal point of personal dramas of all kind throughout its history, but now it’s dedicated to public recreation.

Hours are 7am until sunset year round for general use. From April – October reservations are needed to use some areas of the park. For information about homes and neighborhoods near and around Fort Hunt Road check out Fort Hunt Info.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

 

Things To Know About Herbert Estates

Collingwood Library and Museum

Herbert Estates is just south of The American Horticultural Society and North of The Collingowood Library and Museum. Just minutes away from GW Parkway for an easy commute. Collingwood Park is also easily accessible.

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About Contemporary styled homes

You know them by their odd-sized and often tall windows, their lack of ornamentation, and their unusual mixtures of wall materials–stone, brick, and wood, for instance.

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Architects designed Contemporary-style homes (in the Modern family) between 1950 and 1970, and created two versions: the flat-roof and gabled types. The latter is often characterized by exposed beams. Both breeds tend to be one-story tall and were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look.

In Northern Virginia, one of my favorite contemporary neighborhoods is Hollin Hills, located just off Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria’s Mount Vernon District. The homes here feature contemporary lines and floor to ceiling windows in an “urban forest”.  That is to say Hollin Halls feels like deep woods despite being just a mile or so from the City of Alexandria.

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Live near the Park at Fort Hunt

 

Plymouth Haven is near the terminus of Fort Hunt Road at the Potomac River.

Fort Hunt Park consists of 105 acres located along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria. The Park is a part of the over 7,000 acres that make up the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The lands of Fort Hunt Park were originally a part of George Washington’s personal farm then became a military outpost and now serve as a picnic area and nature park.

So that all may better understand the history of Fort Hunt, the Park Service has begun research to uncover the names of the many veterans who served at Fort Hunt when it was a military outpost.

Fort Hunt Park was converted into a fortification during the Spanish – American War. In 1897 the fort was modernized for military operations. During War World II the fort was used as a top secret military intelligence outpost.

After both World War I and World War II, Fort Hunt was virtually abandoned due to military cutbacks. The National Park Service now administers Fort Hunt Park as a recreational park for public use. Fort Hunt has been a focal point of personal dramas of all kind throughout its history, but now it’s dedicated to public recreation.

Hours are 7am until sunset year round for general use. From April – October reservations are needed to use some areas of the park. For information about homes and neighborhoods near and around Fort Hunt Road check out Fort Hunt Info.