John Hutchison House and Hutchison-Major Cemetery
Believed to have been built by John Hutchison between 1757 and 1785, it is one of the oldest buildings in Sully District and distinctively built from brick. The Hutchison family is one of the oldest families to settle the Centreville area, with land grants dated as early as 1726. The house was restored when the surrounding business park was developed. The name, Lafayette Park, reflects another aspect of the lore of the house, that the Marquis de Lafayette slept here.
Backstory and Context
A family cemetery lies a few yards south of the house. The Fairfax Genealogical Society states that,
"according to information from a Hutchison descendant on file in the Virginia Room, Fairfax City Regional Library, the land surrounding the cemetery was originally a land grant to Andrew Hutchison. Wanda Hutchison Kirkpatrick wrote in 1990 that she remembered the cemetery well from her visits to her grandfather’s house as a child. At least fifteen or twenty grave markers stood in the cemetery, but since children were not allowed to go into the cemetery, Mrs. Kirkpatrick did not know the names on the gravestones. She did remember, however, that when asked who was buried there, her grandfather always said the same thing: “All my family. All the way back.”" (Fairfax Genealogical Society).
Historic Centreville Soiciety. Centreville's Hidden Heritage: A Driving Tour. 2002.
Debbie Robison. Ruins of Silas' Hutchison's Miills, in Northern Virginia History Notes website accessed 6/20/2020. http://www.novahistory.org/HutchisonMill/HutchisonMill.htm
Fairfax County Genealogical Society. Hutchison-Major Cemetery. Accessed via website 6/21/2020: ttps://fxgs.org/cemeteryRecords.php?lv=C&cid=137&sortCol=lna
Fairfax County History Commission. Inventory of Historic Sites. Accessed via website 6/21/2020: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/historic/inventory-master-list.pdf