The Civil War in Fairfax County and the Capital Region
Explore the critical role of Fairfax County in Civil War history. You’ll find yourself visiting multiple Northern Virginia Civil War historical sites, including battlefields, parks, trails, and memorials. The total American Civil War immersive experience is found both inside and outside the county with multiple museums, Civil War battle sites, and poignant historic sites telling the story of the most turbulent time in American history.
Have you ever considered what it might be to seal yourself up in a box and mail yourself through the post, or perhaps lie in a cold and muddy swamp for hours and hours with the baying of hounds hot on your trail howling in your ears? Have you ever risked everything just for the freedom to say you belong to yourself, and nobody else? The Underground Railroad assisted African slaves seeking just that freedom in attaining it during the Civil War era, and in the capital region visitors may experience this for themselves through the collection of exhaustive information, exhibitions, historical collections, and more documentation of the dangerous ways by which brave slaves risked everything for the chance at freedom.