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Fairfax County History Essays

The below essays are in chronological order, starting with the county’s founding all the way to the end of the 19th century. The articles were provided by the Fairfax County Office of Affairs based on information found in “Fairfax County, Virginia – A History” written by the Fairfax County History Commission (1978).


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Fairfax County's Founding: Did You Know?

Fast facts and interesting tidbits on the founding of Fairfax County. More
Sully Historic Site

Lead up to Civil War

Demographics and politics shift within the county leading up to the Civil War. More
Legato Schoolhouse

Moving Towards the 20th Century

The end of the 19th Century sees Fairfax begin to develop as an agricultural center. More
Gunston Hall

The Revolutionary Years

George Washington and George Mason define the beginning era of Fairfax County. More
Sully Historic Site Civil War

The Civil War in Fairfax County

The Civil War devastates Fairfax County as armies descend on the region because of it's strategic location. More
Colvin Run Mill

The Early 1800's

The early 1800's was the beginning of a new era of expansion and commerce in Fairfax County. More
Devereux Station - Clifton Civil War

The End of the Civil War

The end of the Civil War brings stability and a shift in demographics to the county. More
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Fairfax 275 Facebook Page

Follow the official Fairfax 275 Facebook page to see amazing historical images of the county and to get more information on the commemorations taking place throughout 2017! More
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Visit our 275th Anniversary YouTube Channel

Enjoy a series of commemorative short videos produced by Fairfax County's own Channel 16 which highlight some of Fairfax County's significant historical moments. More
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Request Use of Logo

Download an application to request use of the official logo of Fairfax County's 275th Anniversary celebration for your own website, collateral, or special project. More