After writing about the old graveyard on Colonel Lindsay’s old estate in the Idylwood area I thought of another interesting local site in Tysons Corner. That is the 12.3 acre Ash Grove historic Site in Tysons Corner.
The original home on Ash Grove was built about 1790 by Bryan Fairfax for his son Thomas Fairfax (the Ninth Lord Fairfax.) The original site was 5000 acres that, in addition to the manor house, had a farm and a manor house. Ash Grove was sold to the Sherman family shortly before the civil war and remained with them until the 1960’s. The manor burned down in the 60’s and was rebuilt.
Ash Grove was dedicated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1997 as part of the development of Tyson’s Village. The historic main house and outbuildings are located out of the floodplain while the majority of the property is in the floodplain along Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley. today a park.
The structures are not currently open to the public but there are plans to open it for special events in the future.
Ash Grove is located off Rt 7 behind the new Walmart and the new Silver Line Spring Hill metro has added a stop nearby. It is bordered by a condominium community called Westwood Village and the townhomes at Tysons Village.
For more information about Ash Grove, Fairfax County has a nice publication from 2000.