Fairfax County Civil War Events

Fairfax County Civil War

Fairfax County Civil War Events

 

One-Day Events

Saving Mount Vernon Tour

Apr 5 - Oct 26, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Admission: $5 in addition to Estate admission: $17 adults; $8 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.

 

During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.

 


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Historic Fairfax City Walking Tours

Aug 9, Ratcliffe-Allison House

Address: 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: $5 per person ($3 for kids 6-12, childern under 6 free) or $15 per family
Join a seasoned tour guide for a walk through the historic section of Fairfax and featuring the Old Courthouse and other historic sites. Tours last approx 90 minutes.  Tours leave in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main Street in Fairfax, weather permitting.

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"Civil War Balloon Corps"

Aug 23, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Balloons were used for surveillance and reconnaissance by the Union Army from 1861 through 1863 and by Confederate Army in 1862. Join Kevin Knapp as he shares oral and living history as the Union Army's chief aeronaut, Thaddeus Lowe, and discusses the technological innovations that were at the birth of U.S. military aviation.

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Historic Fairfax City Walking Tours

Aug 23, Ratcliffe-Allison House

Address: 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: $5 per person ($3 for kids 6-12, childern under 6 free) or $15 per family
Join a seasoned tour guide for a walk through the historic section of Fairfax and featuring the Old Courthouse and other historic sites. Tours last approx 90 minutes.  Tours leave in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main Street in Fairfax, weather permitting.

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Historic Fairfax City Walking Tours

Sep 13, Ratcliffe-Allison House

Address: 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: $5 per person ($3 for kids 6-12, childern under 6 free) or $15 per family
Join a seasoned tour guide for a walk through the historic section of Fairfax and featuring the Old Courthouse and other historic sites. Tours last approx 90 minutes.  Tours leave in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main Street in Fairfax, weather permitting.

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"The Little Women of Virginia: The Adventures of a Navy Widow & her Daughters during the Civil War"

Oct 25, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
In the vein of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," Jennie Forrest Richardson wrote a loving tribute about the ordeal of her penniless and widowed mother, Anna Henderson Forrest, and her five sisters during the Civil War. Adele Air will relate how the family survived while living in several states and Washington, DC.

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Brother Against Sister: Rape in the Civil War

Nov 22, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
While nearly 30 soldiers were executed for the crime of rape during the Civil War, hundreds of women came forward with horror stories of rape and attempted rape. In many cases, the judicial system worked against them. Based on her book, "I Had Rather Die: Rape in the Civil War," award-winning author Kim Murphy will contradict many historians' claims that the American Civil War was a "low-rape" war to show the atrocities against women, both white and black. Book purchase and signing to follow.

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"Christmas in Camp" - Civil War Living History

Dec 7, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Discuss Civil War-era holiday customs, make Victorian ornaments, and participate in camp drills with Company D, 17th VA Infantry, "Fairfax Rifles" C.S.A. Guided tours of Historic Blenheim House.

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