The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has adopted new regulations to protect the historic nature of a property that was once part of Mount Vernon. Historians say the site is rich in importance that goes beyond the first president, including archaeological traces of indigenous people, little explored history of enslaved African Americans and 19th century Quakers who settled in the area.
The move comes after federal officials warned six people in the country had developed a rare blood clot after receiving the vaccine. Virginia officials said a woman there had died of the rare condition.
The decisions that legislators and urban planners will make in the coming months about fencing, barriers and security measures could alter the landscape of the District and change the ease with which residents and visitors access public buildings, parks and elected officials.