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Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
The Fairfax Visitor Center offers information about the current city of Fairfax. The volunteers who work at the center are able to give information to tourists on lodging, recreation, and special events in the area.
The Museum and Center offer seasonal, 90-minute walking tours of the Historic District. The first stop on the tour is the Museum itself, the oldest remaining two-story brick schoolhouse in Fairfax. Built in 1873, the Fairfax Elementary School cost taxpayers $2,750. The bricks were made across the street at the Farr property. The tour continues on to several notable architectural examples in the city: the Dr. William Gunnell House (ca. 1835), Fairfax County Courthouse (1800), and the Ratcliffe-Allison House (1812). This tour explains how the city of Fairfax was shaped through architecture and personal history.
Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI), the advisory board to the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, manages the operation of City-owned properties. It is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for building preservation. Proceeds from the walking tour go to these preservation efforts.
Outside the Historic District are properties that showcase the 19th-century rural heritage of the area, and its 20th-century transformation into a Washington, D.C. suburb. You can visit the 1859 Blenheim farmhouse, famous for inscriptions left by Union Soldiers during its occupation. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the annual Fairfax Civil War Day is hosted at Blenheim. Also nearby is the Tastee 29 Diner, which is also listed in the NRHP.
Sources"Collections." Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://www.historicfairfax.org/collections/. "City of Fairfax, VA : Historic Tours & Programs." City of Fairfax, VA. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/programs/historic-tours-programs. "Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center." Fairfax Virginia. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://visitfairfax.com/2011/fairfax-museum-and-visitors-center/. "Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Fairfax, Virginia." Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Fairfax, Virginia. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://www.cfcc.org/historicsites.
Fairfax, VA 22030
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