Gunston Hall Gets New Director The curator of Gracie Mansion, the official home of New York City's mayor, has been named director of Gunston Hall Plantation.
Beginning Feb. 1, David Reese will assume the post at Gunston Hall, replacing Thomas A. Lainhoff, who held it for the past 10 years but has left to pursue other interests.
Reese, a University of Virginia graduate, has been curator of Gracie Mansion for 15 years.
Gunston Hall -- the plantation and its 18th-century Georgian manor -- was home to Virginia statesman and Fairfax native George Mason from the time of its completion in 1759 until Mason died there in 1792. A 550-acre National Historic Landmark, it is located in Mason Neck. It opened to the public in 1950.
Traffic Court May Come to Route 1 County officials are discussing the possibility of locating a satellite traffic court at the South County Government Center on Route 1.
Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) said a second traffic court -- in addition to the one at the county courthouse in Fairfax City -- would be more convenient for many residents and would reduce the amount of police overtime. Fairfax's traffic court adjudicates more than 212,000 cases a year.
Though Fairfax police have supported the idea, judges, prosecutors and clerks have been skeptical because of what they say would be additional staffing required. County officials were scheduled to meet this week with Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. (D) to discuss the issue.
Herndon Dog Park Is County's Latest Fairfax County's fifth off-leash dog park has opened in Herndon.
The fenced dog exercise area at Chandon Park covers about 30,000 square feet and can accommodate 42 dogs at a time.
Funding for the $14,149 dog park was raised by Herndon Dogs Inc., a volunteer advocacy group of dog owners in the Herndon area; the Herndon Town Council; and the Fairfax County Park Authority.
The park is at 900 Palmer Dr. The other off-leash dog parks in Fairfax are at Baron Cameron Park, 11300 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston; Blake Lane Park, 10033 Blake Lane, Oakton; Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale; and South Run Park, 7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield.
County Seeks Federal Land About 100 acres of federally owned land that includes Sully Plantation would be transferred free to the county under a proposal by county officials.
Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) said that plans to widen and reconfigure Route 28 and Barnsfield Road near the plantation triggered the request.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which runs Dulles International and Reagan National airports, controls 60 of the 100 acres. Authority officials said they want to preserve road access to their 60 acres, but the proposed Route 28 widening would reduce it. The authority has no immediate plans for the land, which is near Dulles. Transferring it to the county would eliminate the issue of access.
With the blessing of the county Board of Supervisors, Frey is seeking federal legislation from Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) to transfer the 60 acres, plus 40 acres where Sully sits, to the Fairfax County Park Authority.
The parks agency operates Sully Plantation, the country home built in 1794 and owned by Richard Bland Lee on land inherited by his father, Henry Lee II, Robert E. Lee's grandfather.
Hearing Set on Beulah Road Plans The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing Jan. 21 for the Beulah Road improvement project in the town of Vienna.
The hearing, from 6 to 8 p.m., will be in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, 127 Center St.
At the hearing, project engineers and other VDOT staff will be available to discuss construction plans, easements and right-of-way acquisition with affected property owners and other interested citizens.
Plans are available in the Public Works Department at Town Hall. They can also be reviewed at VDOT's Northern Virginia District office, 14685 Avion Pkwy., Chantilly.
Falls Church Web Site Upgraded The city of Falls Church has launched its redesigned Web site, providing more information on city services, programs and events.
The Web page, www.ci.falls-church.va.us, also provides forms and documents for downloading.
Additional changes scheduled for this year include ways for site visitors to fill out forms and documents online and to retrieve minutes and agendas for the City Council, boards and commissions.
Also in Falls Church, the city's new transit service, George, is to be dedicated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the community center, 223 Little Falls St.
-- Compiled by C. Woodrow Irvin, Diane Mattingly
and Stephen C. Fehr