History Discussions at Huntley:

John Maass: Virginia Sites Related to George Washington

Saturday, September 29, 2 p.m.

6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria

Registration fee, $5

Join us as Author John R. Maass, Ph.D. discusses Virginia sites related to George Washington, particularly those within Historic Huntley’s expansive viewshed. Dr. Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University, and the author of The French and Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War; Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811;  The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia; and, most recently, George Washington’s Virginia. Register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows/classes-camps. For more information, call 703.768.2525.

FOHH Annual Meeting, featuring Jessie MacLeod: Betsey Mason’s Letter

Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m.

Martha Washington Library, free

6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria

Annual meeting speaker Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will provide a presentation: “Thank God it is now in your hands”: Unpacking Betsey C. Mason’s Letter to John Augustine Washington III.

Ms. MacLeod will connect Mason’s letter with a key journal entry by Magistrate John Augustine Washington III on the 1845 trial of five enslaved men from Huntley for trespassing. Washington’s journal is held by Mount Vernon, while Mason’s letter was recently purchased at auction by FOHH.

The letter shows concern for the fair treatment of “her negroes” during the trial. The incident suggests how enslaved people endeavored to maintain family and social networks across different plantations. Ms. MacLeod will place this local historical event into the broader context of the Lives Bound Together exhibit at Mount Vernon, where the letter will be on display through September 2019.

Join us for this special presentation and the annual election of FOHH Board members. If you haven’t already, please renew your FOHH membership—only members in good standing may vote.