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Highlights of Fairfax History Day 2019 include:

  • Living history spanning the 19th century
  • Hayrides and pony rides
  • Speak with an early 19th-century tavernkeeper
  • Discover the wonders of the 19thc science world with a naturalist
  • Climb the children's hay pyramid
  • Tour the Historic Blenheim House and Gallery to learn about farm life for the family and their enslaved people; see the Civil War graffiti tours and learn about medical treatment during the Civil War
  • Watch demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills, including weaving and blacksmithing
  • Learn about slave life and foodways and help the laundress wash and dry clothes
  • Play 19th-century children's games and parlor games
  • Watch and listen to period dance and music groups, the Roustabout String Band of the Washington Revels, which plays old time string band music of the 19th-century era; and the George Mason University's 8th GM (Green Machine) Division Band, a brass band that plays music commonplace in cities and towns in the mid-to late 1800s; Arlington House Victorian Dance Society will dance the latest mid-19thc dances
  • Join in Civil War "boot camp" (camp drills with wooden rifles for children)
  • Talk with soldiers and civilians to learn about camp life
  • Discuss with and purchase authors' books on 19thc Fairfax history topics
  • Enjoy historic artifact displays include Fairfax County courthouse records and historical information from the Virginia Room and George Mason University Special Collections. Learn how to write cursive.
  • Visit Blenheim's popular corduroy log road exhibit.
  • Food by Knights of Columbus, Historic Fairfax City, Inc., and Colonial Kettle Corn

Admission: Sales at gate only • Cash, VISA or MasterCard accepted:
$5/Adults  $3/Youth (ages 3-12)  Free/ 2 and younger

Proceeds benefit the restoration of Historic Blenheim. Presented by the City of Fairfax and Historic Fairfax City Inc.


3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 ★ www.fairfaxva.gov ★ (703) 591-0560
No parking at Blenheim site
FREE shuttle from Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run (bus stop on side of building parallel to Old Lee Highway)
Click here for shuttle parking map