Seven public meetings have been scheduled on the nomination of part of Laurel Hill and the former D.C. prison at Lorton for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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 and the former reformatory, penitentiary and Occoquan workhouse.
Those three facilities were built in the Colonial Revival style with bricks baked in on-site 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. The land was then transferred to the county.
* Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. -- Sponsored by Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), at South County Secondary School, Room 103, 8307-A Silverbrook Rd., Lorton.
* Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. -- Discussion by the Fairfax County History Commission at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd.
* Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. -- Discussion by Fairfax County Architectural Review Board at the county Government Center, Conference Rooms 9 and 10, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.
* Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. -- Public hearing by the county Board of Supervisors in the board auditorium of the Government Center.
* Oct. 25, 7 p.m. -- Public hearing by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Conference Rooms 4 and 5 of the Government Center.
* Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. -- Completion of formal review, comments and recommendation by the Fairfax County History Commission at Fairfax City Regional Library.
* Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. -- Completion of formal review, comments and recommendation by the Architectural Review Board in Rooms 9 and 10 of the Government Center.
The Virginia State Review Board and Board of Historic Resources will consider the nomination at their Dec. 7 meetings in Richmond.
In late December, the Department of Historic Resources is scheduled to consider the nomination and, if it is approved, send it to the National Park Service. If the Park Service approves the nomination, a final decision about placement on the National Register of Historic Places is scheduled for late February or early March. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill.
-- By DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR