Fairfax County 275th Commemoration

Fairfax County 275th Commemoration Founded in 1742, Fairfax County is celebrating its 275th anniversary in 2017!

On this last day of 2017, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in this milestone 275th celebratory year for Fair...
12/31/2017

On this last day of 2017, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in this milestone 275th celebratory year for Fairfax County. Although our 275th year has come to an end, we encourage everyone to go out and continue to embrace the county’s magnificent history – either by visiting an historic site, attending a local history lecture, or even reading one of the county’s many history books. Here’s to a very prosperous 276th year – Happy New Year!

Happy 275th Birthday, Fairfax County!On this date, December 16, 1742, the first court session of Fairfax County court wa...
12/16/2017

Happy 275th Birthday, Fairfax County!

On this date, December 16, 1742, the first court session of Fairfax County court was held, signifying the first official action of the Fairfax County government. #fairfax275

Some of our more famous residents, including George Mason, George Washington, and Thomas, Lord Fairfax, have donned birthday hats to help us celebrate! (All in good fun!)

Thank you to everyone who has helped us celebrate this milestone occassion throughout 2017!

12/08/2017
The Town of Colchester

In the latest 275th anniversary video, learn about the colonial town of Colchester, located in the southeast corner of Fairfax County, the archaeological efforts going to to discover its past, and why it's important to keep our history preserved. Did you know that Colchester was intended to be the county seat of Fairfax? #fairfax275
https://youtu.be/ysZci0CeWyE

Learn about this colonial era town located in the southeast corner of Fairfax County, the archaeological efforts going to to discover its past, and why it's ...

12/05/2017
Fairfax 275 Celebration - Corduroy Road Unearthed

In the latest 275th anniversary video, Senior Archaeologist Chris Sperling discusses the corduroy road found fully intact in Fairfax County in 2015. A corduroy road (or log road) is made by "paving" with logs. Learn more by watching the video! #fairfax275
https://youtu.be/GZj4eUzejtk

http://www.fairfax275.com In 2015, a corduroy road was found fully in tact. A corduroy road (or log road) is made by "paving" with logs. ★ FOLLOW FAIRFAX COU...

Last night, the final 275th anniversary lecture was held at the Historic Fairfax Courthouse.  Many thanks to our speaker...
11/22/2017

Last night, the final 275th anniversary lecture was held at the Historic Fairfax Courthouse. Many thanks to our speakers, who shed light on the fight for women's suffrage and how the Lorton prison has transitioned into the 21st century.

We hope you enjoyed the lecture series celebrating Fairfax County's 275th anniversary!

Lef to right:
Pat Wirth, President, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
Ava Spece, President, Workhouse Arts Center
Alice Reagan, Lorton Workhouse Historian and NOVA instructor
Lynne Garvey-Hodge, Fairfax County History Commissioner and Women's Suffrage Living Historian

With this week's anniversary of the Night of Terror at Occoquan Workhouse, the Los Angeles Times published an article ab...
11/17/2017
In 1917, the 'Night of Terror' at a Virginia prison changed history. Now it's a site of beauty

With this week's anniversary of the Night of Terror at Occoquan Workhouse, the Los Angeles Times published an article about the ordeal the suffragists experienced and their time incarcerated. The LA Times also explores how the prison has been transformed into Workhouse Arts Center. Check out the article below!
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-woman-occoquan-20171112-htmlstory.html

Women arrested for picketing for voting rights were brutalized at Occoquan Workhouse. Oddly, the mistreatment gave suffrage the momentum it needed.

11/15/2017

REMINDER: Tonight at 7 pm, there is a TOWN HALL scheduled for local history groups at George Mason Library in Annandale. The 275th Anniversary Steering Committee wants to hear your feedback regarding future fairs! Please join us -- your insight is crucial!

In 1945, Fairfax County Public Library’s very first bookmobile made an appearance in a documentary made by the Office ...
11/15/2017
Fairfax County Public Library

In 1945, Fairfax County Public Library’s very first bookmobile made an appearance in a documentary made by the Office of War Information entitled “The Library of Congress”. The FCPL librarian in the film is Margaret Edwards and she is seen explaining copyright to a boy outside of McKay’s Store which was located near Great Falls, Virginia.

Check out this recently discovered film clip from 1945 of our very first Bookmobile at McKay’s Store near Great Falls.

11/13/2017

***Fairfax County history groups and living historians***

On Wednesday, November 15, the 275th anniversary committee invites you to a Town Hall to discuss options for future history fairs celebrating Fairfax County's diverse and interesting history.

The town hall will be held:

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM at the:
George Mason Public Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003-5975
RSVP or questions to: [email protected]

Your participation is crucial and we want to have your input! Please RSVP or send questions to the email above.

11/08/2017
Fairfax 275 Celebration - Night of Terror for Suffragists

On November 14, 1917, 32 women who had been arrested for picketing the White House for the right to vote were beaten, chained, and force-fed at the Occoquan Workhouse. Because of their indomitable strength and sacrifice, the 19th amendment was passed in 1920. Learn more about their story in this 275th anniversary video! #fairfax275
https://youtu.be/a9YoPYmY6lk

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/ On November 14, 1917, 32 women who had been arrested for picketing the White House for the right to vote were beaten, chai...

10/26/2017
Herndon Historical Society

Check out "The Road to Happiness" -- most of it was filmed in Fairfax County by the Ford Motor Company (the school in the video is Navy School)!

Did you miss the last Herndon Historical Society meeting? No problem ... you can watch the silent movie then we had the pleasure of viewing right here! The Road to Happiness was filmed in the area and even featured some of our local residents. Do you recognize any of the sites or fsces? 😊 Happy viewing!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZnuo0ZftAc

Have you ever heard of Matildaville, Va.? What about Ilda, Va.? Ever wonder why a metro station in Reston is called Wieh...
10/25/2017

Have you ever heard of Matildaville, Va.? What about Ilda, Va.? Ever wonder why a metro station in Reston is called Wiehle? This Saturday at the City of Fairfax Regional Library come learn about the Lost Towns of Fairfax.

TOMORROW, Wednesday, 10/25, the Fairfax Resolves Chapter of the SAR will host a program at the Historic Fairfax Courthou...
10/24/2017

TOMORROW, Wednesday, 10/25, the Fairfax Resolves Chapter of the SAR will host a program at the Historic Fairfax Courthouse from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

"George Washington as First Entrepreneur" will feature keynote speaker Dr. Edward Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Assocation and Former Director of the Washington Papers at UVA.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

10/20/2017
The Franconia Museum

Learn how the history of the eastern area of Fairfax County is preserved and highlighted in the Franconia Museum in the latest 275th anniversary video! #fairfax275

https://youtu.be/HPtUiJFuqDw

Learn how the history of the eastern area of Fairfax County is preserved and highlighted in the Franconia museum.

10/18/2017

ON THIS DATE, October 18, 1915:

McLean Post Office established. #fairfax275

10/17/2017

ON THIS DATE, November 17, 1732:

The Vestry of Truro Parish holds its first meeting. #fairfax275

10/17/2017

ON THIS DATE, October 17, 1986:

Dr. James M. Buchanan, Jr. (1919 - 2013), George Mason University, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics "for his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for the theory of economic and political decision-making." #fairfax275

10/15/2017

ON THIS DATE, October 15, 1960:

Plaque honoring Fairfax County men killed in WW II and Korea added to the War Memorial Monument, Fairfax County Courthouse. #fairfax275

10/12/2017
Fairfax 275 Celebration - Great Falls Grange Hall

Commemorating the Grange Movement, which began in Great Falls on October 9, 1920, David Buchta with the Fairfax County Park Authority discusses the events leading up to its formation and the building of The Great Fall Grange Hall in 1929 on Georgetown Pike. #fairfax275

https://youtu.be/yT29ukIAIf8

http://www.fairfax275.com Commemorating the Grange Movement, which began in Great Falls on October 9, 1920, David Buchta with the Fairfax County Park Authori...

This Saturday, come out to the City of Fairfax Regional Library to hear Fairfax County Archivist Brian Conley talk about...
10/12/2017

This Saturday, come out to the City of Fairfax Regional Library to hear Fairfax County Archivist Brian Conley talk about the urban legend of the Bunny Man.

No registration is required for the talk, but seating is extremely limited.

This morning the brothers of Lord Fairfax visited the Virginia Room. You can meet Hugh on Friday night at Blenheim and h...
10/11/2017

This morning the brothers of Lord Fairfax visited the Virginia Room. You can meet Hugh on Friday night at Blenheim and hear all about his new book on the Fairfax Family.

This morning Hugh Fairfax, brother of Nicholas Fairfax,14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and a descendant of Lord Thomas, 6th Fairfax, the Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia presented the Virginia Room with a copy of his new book, "Fairfax of Virginia: The Story of America’s only Peerage".

Hugh Fairfax will be speaking about his new book at Historic Blenheim on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Fall for the Book Festival.

For more information visit: http://fallforthebook.org/event/fairfax-of-virginia-the-story-of-americas-only-peerage/?instance_id=771

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Fairfax Station, VA
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