History lives on at the Fairfax Hunt Club
In 1928, on the very same land that George Washington rode to hounds, A. Smith Bowman created the historical Fairfax Hunt Club.
In 1951, The Fairfax Hunt was the recipient, of a gift from the Bowman family. That year, Bowman and his sons, Smith Jr. and DeLong, deeded to The Fairfax Hunt a tract of 10 acres of land on the northern edge of what is now Reston. There the clubhouse was built.
Part of the present clubhouse has a fascinating history. The attractive reception room, the Log House, was discovered quite by chance. A 200-year-old log house that was uncovered beneath a farmhouse on Beulah Road in Vienna, Virginia, serves as the facility’s core. Because of its historical significance, the house was carefully dismantled and each log numbered and rebuilt on its current location. If you look closely, you can still see the numbers on each log.A main hall with its big stone fireplace was a perfect place for hosting Hunt events. An updated kitchen was added in the 1970s, along with upgraded restrooms and air conditioning. Even today, Hunt Club members are still carry on the centuries-old hunting tradition, and use the facility for the hunt breakfasts and other social activities.