In May 2012, I wrote about the Fairfax House, an historic home that lies on a commanding bluff overlooking Alexandria about a half-mile west of the Huntington Metro. Showing signs of neglect, the two-story house had a date with the same fate that took away many historic homes in Northern Virginia. The developer saw the easy path of tearing it down until Don Hakenson, an author and historian, intervened. Located in the Burgundy Village neighborhood, the house has been restored and is for sale. (Note: The address was 3301 Burgundy Avenue, but is now 3398 Tennessee Drive).
We can’t say enough about the saving of this house. So many historic homes were torn down (or mysteriously burned down) in Fairfax County during the post World War II building boom, and it seems like this part of the county was particularly hit hard. Historic beauties such City View (Groveton), Spring Bank (Penn-Daw), and Mount Eagle (Huntington), they’re all gone.
The house looks beautiful. Thank you Don, thank you Franconia Historic Museum, thank you Mr. Cowles, and others who did their part to save this piece of our area’s history.