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Herndon developer dedicates land with house of Confederate spy to park authority 

Herndon’s Merrybrook building, which has history rooted in the Civil War, is now under the Fairfax County Park Authority (via Visit Fairfax)

The developer of Arrowbrook Centre, a massive mixed-use project in Herndon, has officially dedicated nearly three acres of land to the Fairfax County Park Authority. 

The park authority announced on Wednesday (Aug. 3) that Arrowbrook Centre LLC gave it 2.6 acres of land in the northwest quadrant of Centreville Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. Known as Merrybrook, the property was home to Confederate spy Laura Ratcille Hanna.

She lived at the home from 1869 until her death in 1924. More recently, David and Winifred Meiselman owned the property and continued to live on it through a life estate lease agreement with Arrowbrook Centre LLC.

The stakeholders decided to dedicate the property to preserve its local history. 

The property’s home is on the state and national register for historic places because of its connection with the Civil War and its architectural development. 

 “The Park Authority will be considering the best course forward for this property,” David Buchta, a heritage conservation branch manager for FCPA, said. “There are a few options to consider but all of them focus on telling the story of this property and the people who lived there. We are pleased to have this property and thankful that Arrowbrook Centre LLC was willing to provide this generous gift to the community.”

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