The historic Ash Grove property is part of Fairfax County’s Resident Curator Program. The historic Ash Grove property is part of Fairfax County’s Resident Curator Program. The historic Ash Grove house sits between the densely wooded Old Courthouse Spring Branch stream valley and the Westwood Village townhouse subdivision. The site is conveniently located on the edge of burgeoning Tysons Corner and is approximately 2/3 of a mile from the new Spring Hill Metro Station. Ash Grove is one of the few standing 18th century Virginia houses built by the Fairfax family. It remained in the Fairfax family until 1851 when it was purchased by James Sherman. The house continued in the care of the Sherman family until 1997, when the property was subdivided by a developer and the parcel including the historic buildings was dedicated to the Fairfax County Park Authority for land and building preservation. Outbuildings on the site include an exterior brick kitchen and a clapboard smokehouse. The Resident Curator Program is designed to preserve and maintain the historic properties owned or leased by the County. It enables the County to offer long-term leases to private individuals, non-profit entities, or for-profit entities, to serve as the caretaker (or “curator”) of the property, provided that its use is compatible with the property, as determined by the Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority and subject to the standards and criteria of the Resident Curator Program. In addition to caring for the day-to-day management of the property, the curators are responsible for the rehabilitation and continued maintenance of the property. Properties that are included in the Resident Curator Program are deemed historically significant and meet established criteria of eligibility for curatorship. Chosen through a pre-defined application process, the selected curator signs a lease which includes the agreed-upon work plan outlining the rehabilitation of the historic resource. The work associated with the rehabilitation process is funded by the curator, who in turn has the privilege of occupying the building and using the associated grounds as determined by the lease.
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