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).

Northern Virginia History Notes – Articles on the history of northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties… (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).

Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) – The Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) provides education and training for family history researchers in the Fairfax County, Virginia, area… (read more).

Reston Historic Trust & Museum – The Reston Historic Trust (RHT) is an established community organization that preserves the past, informs the present, and influences the future of Reston through its educational programs… (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).

Historic Fairfax City – Historic Fairfax City Inc. (HFCI) is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and preservation of the history and artifacts of the City of Fairfax as an experience central to the lives of the community… (read more).

Historic Vienna – Since April 5, 1976, Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) has served as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to: Preserving and promoting Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant places, events, and persons… (read more).

Alexandria Historical Society – The Alexandria Historical Society was founded in 1974.  The mission of the society is to promote an active interest in American history, particularly the history of Alexandria and that of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole… (read more).

Great Falls Historical Society – The Great Falls Historical Society was organized in 1977 to promote community spirit by bringing the past into the present… (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).

Franconia Museum, Inc. – The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories… (read more).

Herndon Historical Society – The Herndon Historical Society was founded in 1971. Its purpose, as stated in the Society’s constitution, is “…to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of the Herndon, Virginia, area.” (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).

Lorton Heritage Society – The Lorton Heritage Society is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the preservation and expansion of knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of Lorton, with geographical focus on the Occoquan River and Pohick Bay areas… (read more).

The Gum Springs Museum – It is the aim of the Museum to display a dynamic exhibit of the history of the Gum Springs Community… (read more).

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