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6 Hidden Forts Around Fairfax County

From the American Revolution and Civil War to remote parks where spies exchanged information, Fairfax County has been home to history and intrigue since its founding in 1742. Our first president lived here. Battles were fought here. Military museums and memorials surround us. And aircraft from every…

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What to See & Do at George Mason's Gunston Hall

If you live in the greater Washington, DC area, you may be familiar with founding father, George Mason. In Fairfax, there is a university named after him. He has a memorial in DC. And a bridge. He even had his own stamp. But during life, and now in history, he has sometimes been eclipsed by the…

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Fairfax County's Surprising Connection to D-Day

June 6 marks the anniversary of the first day of the Invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. Often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history and laid the foundations of the Allied Forces decisive victory. But did you know that Fairfax County has a surprising…

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Women's History in #FXVA: Female Spies of the Civil War

When it comes to female heroes of the Civil War, there are many familiar names. Clara Barton took fire tending wounds on battlefields. Harriet Tubman helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom. And Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (posing as a man named Lyons Wakeman) fought as a Union soldier with the 153 rd…

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