Learn about Fairfax County History
The Fairfax County Courthouse – Fairfax County has had a county court and a county courthouse for 258 years. The first Fairfax courthouse was specified in the legislation creating the county in 1742 to be located “at a place call’d Spring Fields.” This location was most likely slightly south and west of the present-day Tyson’s Corner (the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 123)… (read more).
Park Authority Historic Sites – From the rustic life at Dranesville Tavern to the life of the privileged class at Stone Mansion, the historic properties under the stewardship of the Fairfax County Park Authority, Resource Management Division offer a unique representation of early life in Fairfax County… (read more).
Fairfax County Park Authority Museum Collections – In support of its mission to protect and maintain the county’s heritage, the Fairfax County Park Authority collects and preserves the material culture that represents our heritage from prehistory to present day. In addition to the original structures and archaeological materials at its historic parks, the Park Authority collects objects, documents and other materials… (read more).
Virginia Room – The Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources. A particular strength is Confederate Civil War military history. Other resources available for use are: maps, an extensive photographic archive, manuscripts, local newspapers, and rare books… (read more).
Fairfax County History Commission – The Fairfax County History Commission was established by the County of Fairfax in 1969. We help identify, document, record, and preserve our county’s historic past here in Northern Virginia. Our commission’s 20 members are appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors… (read more).
Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology and Cultural Resources – FOFA was established in 2010 to support the understanding and appreciation of Fairfax County’s archaeology, artifacts and museum objects, and historic buildings… (read more).
Other Local Historical Societies
The Story of Ravensworth – It’s a story of colonial settlement, early government, tobacco plantations, slavery, civil war, economic expansion, the rise and decline of family farms, and suburban development – next door to the nation’s capital – involving people, places and events both famous and obscure… (read more).
Arlington Historical Society – The Arlington Historical Society, Inc., founded in 1956, is a nonprofit educational organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The mission of the Arlington Historical Society is to conduct research and to preserve and disseminate knowledge relating to the history, archaeology, material culture, and geographical and socio-economic development of Arlington County, Virginia… (read more).
The Historical Society of Fairfax County, Virginia – The chief mission of the Historical Society of Fairfax County is the promotion and preservation of the history of the Fairfax County. The society’s mission is primarily fulfilled through the publication of a biennial Yearbook that contains historical and scholarly articles relative to Fairfax County… (read more).
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