A Guide to the Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on “Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors”, 1969-1972 Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on “Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors” MSS 08-04

A Guide to the Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on “Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors”, 1969-1972

A Collection in The Fairfax County Public Library

Record Group Number MSS 08-04


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Repository
Fairfax County Public Library
Record Group Number
MSS 08-04
Title
The Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on “Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors”, 1969-1972
Extent
.5 linear feet
Creator
Smith, Peter H.
Language
English
Abstract
The Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on "Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors" consists of .5 linear feet, spans the years 1969-1972 and consist of correspondence, secondary research materials, news clippings, maps, architectural drawings, copies of photographs, and manuscript drafts. Subjects covered are Dranesville, Virginia and its history and economy from the 1750s to the 1880s; Dr. William Benjamin Day and his half-brother Dr. John Thomas Day, the Civil War-era owners of Mayfield and Ivy Chimney respectively; Northern Virginia country homes in the 18th and 19th centuries; country doctors; Civil War-era field medicine; and the architectural history of Mayfield and Ivy Chimney. Architectural information includes the chain of title for each property, measured drawings, photographs, maps, plats, and the National Park Service’s Historic American Building Survey (HABS) forms.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

Consult repository for information

Preferred Citation

Virginia Room, Fairfax County Public Library. Peter H. Smith Manuscript Papers on “Mayfield and Ivy Chimney: Country Homes of Country Doctors”. Box #, Folder #.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Fairfax County Planning Division

Processing Information

Carol Abrams, 2015
EAD generated by Ross Landis, 2016


Historical and Biographical Information

In 1969, Peter H. Smith was commissioned by the Fairfax County Director of Planning to conduct research and write a report about the architecture and history of Mayfield and Ivy Chimney, two centuries-old houses on adjacent properties in the Dranesville area of Fairfax County. Correspondence in this collection between Peter H. Smith, Fairfax County officials and Fairfax County History Commission members reflects disagreement as to certain historical facts, areas of emphasis, and editing decisions regarding the research report. In 1972, a limited number of the manuscripts were produced and distributed to county officials and the county library system.

The focus of Smith’s book is on the Civil War in the Dranesville area and the families who owned Mayfield and Ivy Chimney at that point in time. During the Civil War, both homes were owned by doctors who were imprisoned for their support for Secession. Architecturally, Mayfield had at least three phases of construction and is thought to date back to 1755. Ivy Chimney is newer and dates back to the mid-19th century. Smith covers the homes’ architectural styles, elements, and renovations.

Smith earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University. He held positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, he was a founder of the D.C. Preservation League (circa 1971). In the 1990s, Peter H. Smith worked for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, where he administered both the Old and Historic Alexandria District and the Parker-Gray District Boards for the Department of Planning and Zoning. He served on the board of the Alexandria (Virginia) Historical Society and wrote articles for its publication The Alexandria Chronicle. His articles include “The Beginnings of Historic Preservation in Alexandria-Moving Toward the Creation of the Old and Historic District (1996)” and “The Saga of Saving and Reconstructing Ramsay House (1998/99).” Smith also co-authored with Peter Smeallie New Construction for Older Buildings: A Design Sourcebook for Archivists and Preservationists (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990).

Related Material

HLF Mayfield; HLF Ivy Chimney; Peter Smeallie and Peter Smith Photographs 1980-1990 in the Special Collections Research Center at The George Washington University

Separated Material

None


Index Terms

  • Braddock’s March in the French and Indian Wars
  • Civil War - Field Medicine
  • Day, John Thomas
  • Day, William Benjamin
  • Dranesville, Battle of
  • Dranesville, Virginia
  • Fairfax County - Architectural History
  • Fairfax County- Doctors
  • Ivy Chimney
  • Mayfield
  • Northern Virginia Country Homes - 19th century
  • Northern Virginia Country Homes -18th century

Container List

Box 1
Folder 1
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Correspondence, 1969-1972
Box 1
Folder 2
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Outline, undated
Box 1
Folder 3
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Research Notes and Graphics, 1969
Box 1
Folder 4
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Draft, 1969 September 1
Box 1
Folder 5
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Draft, 1969 September 1
Box 1
Folder 6
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Revised Draft, undated
Box 1
Folder 7
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Draft, 1972 February
Box 1
Folder 8
Mayfield and Ivy Chimney Report, Draft, 1972 February
Box 1
Folder 8
Fairfax County Medical Society, History, 1970-1971

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Day, John Thomas
  • Day, William Benjamin

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Dranesville, Virginia
  • Ivy Chimney
  • Mayfield