Feedback Sought on Adding Laurel Hill to Historic Places Register

A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the nomination of a portion of Laurel Hill www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill and the former D.C. prison at Lorton to the National Register of Historic Places, county officials announced. The first meeting is Thursday night.

The proposed "D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District" includes about 500 acres of the former prison site, including the rolling Piedmont landscape with traditional farm structures, as well as the former reformatory, penitentiary and the Occoquan workhouse. These three facilities were built in the Colonial Revival style with bricks baked in onsite kilns dating to approximately 1916.
The property served as the site of the D.C. prison from 1910 to 2001, when Congress shut down the prison and transferred the land to the county.
The meetings:
<7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Supervisor Gerald Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) will sponsor a community meeting on the nomination at South County Secondary School, room 103, 8307-A Silverbrook Rd., Lorton.
<7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. The Fairfax County History Commission will discuss the nomination, at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd.
< 6:30 p.m.Oct. 13. The county Architectural Review Board will discuss the nomination at the county Government Center, conference rooms 9 and 10, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.
< 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The county Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing in the board auditorium of the Government Center.
< 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will hold its public hearing in conference rooms 4 and 5 of the Government Center.
< 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The Fairfax County History Commission will complete its formal review, comment and recommendation at the Fairfax City Regional Library.
< 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. The Fairfax County Architectural Review Board will complete its formal review, comment and recommendation in rooms 9 and 10 of the Government Center.
Following the meetings, the State Review Board and Historic Resources Board will consider the nomination at their Dec. 7 meetings in Richmond.
In late December, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is scheduled to forward the nomination to the National Park Service. A final decision about placement on the National Register of Historic Places is scheduled for late February or early March 2006.
For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill.

By Steve Fehr |  September 18, 2005; 7:12 AM ET  | Category:  Parks and Recreation
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