Special Huntley Tours


All programs meet at Historic Huntley, 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria, unless otherwise specified. Look for signs when you arrive at Huntley. For more information and to register, call 703.222.4664 or go to


Little Historians

Connect your preschool children to their community and traditions through stories, crafts, songs, and activities. Different topics each month.   Sessions are from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., ages 3-5, $8.

April 9: Plants on the Farm, Code: D93.CBB1

May 14: Cows, Code: D93.B126

The Women of Historic Huntley

March 14, 1-2 p.m., ages 16-adult, $15, Code: F12.0626

A society matron, an enslaved wife and mother, a farmer’s daughter,

a military wife—Huntley has been home to interesting women and seen the lives of women change dramatically since the house was built in 1825. See Huntley from a different view as you stroll the house and grounds.

Mason Tea

May 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  Adults, $28, Code: 87A.4C21

Enjoy an 1830-style afternoon tea much as Betsey Mason would have with the gleam of polished silver and proper etiquette. Sample a menu of period-appropriate tasty treats in an historic setting as you brush up on your tea history.

Huntley in the 20th Century

April 11, 1-2:30 p.m., adults, $9, Code: 31C.8F7E

Meet and then car pool to see traces of  Huntley Meadows Park’s 20th-century history. Discover Huntley’s role in the nation’s defense. Learn about the schemer who accidentally made the park possible and the dreamer who defended it. The tour includes a mile stroll on easy ground.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley

Ages 2-adult, $8

April 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.,  Code: 633.11D0

May 4, 11 a.m.-12 noon,  Code: 633.CB03

Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley’s Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. Ice well and Historic House tour included. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Twilight Hilltop Tour

7:30-8:30 p.m., adults, $8

April 26, Code: D3E.799F

May 17, Code: D3E.ED46 

Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. Its dramatic setting made is all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us for a special after-hours tour and see the house in a different way. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Bread and Butter Tea

April 28, 2-3 p.m., ages 4-adult, $8, Code F8A.8B81

The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this where the guests are asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome to partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese, and a selection of teas. Includes tour of Huntley House and grounds.

House Detective

May 9, 1-2 p.m., adults, $8,

Code: 7A9.2547

What clues reveal the story of a house? What can architectural details and styles tell us? Examine photographs, artifacts, and the buildings of Historic Huntley and see if you can resolve some of the enduring mysteries of this place.

Storytime on the Hill

May 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 2-12, $8, Code: 3BB.2E12

Bundle up in your jammies and bring blankets to sit on and snuggle in as you listen to stories from long ago, the way the Mason family may have once done. Enjoy the sunset and spectacular view from Historic Huntley. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mount Vernon and Huntley: Lives Bound Together Tour

May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adults, $64, Code: 4F4.13F0

Includes van transportation and admission; lunch in the Mount Vernon cafeteria not included. A letter from Huntley is on exhibit at Mount Vernon! See the letter and discover how slavery links Huntley and Mount Vernon. Includes tours of the slave quarters at Mount Vernon, as well as the mansion houses.