Historic Tours & Programs


Tours and Educational Programs

Private guided tours for adult groups and educational programs for students or scouts are available for a fee. All tours are tailored for group needs, educational standards, and interests. Tours require advanced reservations. To arrange educational programs or tours of city-owned historic buildings email Susan.gray@fairfaxva.gov or call 703-385-8415.


Docents from Historic Fairfax City, Inc. will lead walking tours of Old Town Fairfax on Saturdays, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, and October 1.

Tours lasting approximately 90 minutes will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Historic Fairfax County Courthouse, corner of Chain Bridge Road and Main Street, and include a short tour of the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main Street. 

Cost:  $10/adults; $5/youth, ages 6-12, children 6 and under are free. Family rate (three or more) $25. For reservations, call: Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center at 703-385-8414.

All proceeds benefit the preservation of the City of Fairfax’s public historic properties.

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center "Second Sunday" Program

Programs are held at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street. Free (unless noted). Check back to find out about additional programs planned throughout the year. Information: 703-385-8414.


2p.m. Sunday March 13

"The Saga of Martha Washington's Will"--Katrina Krempasky with the Fairfax Court Circuit Court Historic Records will relate the travels of the will after it was taken from the Courthouse by a Union Soldier during the Civil War.

2p.m. Sunday April 10  SPECIAL LOCATION: Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

"Private John S. Mosby, First Virginia Cavalry: Picketing Fairfax County before Becoming the Confederacy's 'Gray Ghost'."  Join historian and author Gregory P. Wilson for a discussion of his biography of Mosby's early military career. Book sale and signing will follow the talk.

2p.m.  Saturday May 21 SPECIAL DATE/LOCATION : Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 2p.m.

"American History Film Project Exhibition", enjoy viewing student short films on hometown history from across the United States, including Fairfax County!    This ongoing project is open to students K-12.    Free popcorn!   Learn more about the project, click here.

2p.m.  Sunday June 12

"The History of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum"  Executive Director A. Page Harrington will tell how the National Woman's Party (NWP) and its leader Alice Paul used the strategic location of the house on Capitol Hill to lobby for women's suffrage and other issues.


Monday, July 4—Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center – Open: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s our birthday too (24 years)!  Join us for our Annual Open House.

Enjoy free cake and lemonade on the lawn after the parade.

Special Musical Program:  Join Matthew Dodd for “Songs of the Red White and Blue” on the lawn at 1 p.m.

2p.m. Sunday, July 10

Lipstick Brigade: The Untold Story of Washington’s World War II Government Girls—Join historian and author Cindy Gueli for the personal stories of some 100,000 young women recruited from across the nation to staff wartime government positions. Book sale/signing will follow the talk.

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

Information: 703-591-0560.  Historic Blenheim Civil War Interpretive Center Program Series Programs are free and held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays (unless otherwise noted) at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway.  For home page please click here .


  Saturday, April 30 - Historic BlenheimFAIRFAX CIVIL WAR DAY – 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Period music, living history encampments and demonstrations, military firings and drills with Company D, 17th Virginia Infantry, “Fairfax Rifles,” C.S.A., tours of the Historic Blenheim House and more.  $5/adults and $3/children 12 and under.  Free shuttle from free parking at Fairfax High School.  For the schedule and more information please click here .

 Saturday May 21-- SPECIAL DATE/LOCATION: Historic Blenheim

"American History Film Project Exhibition"--Enjoy viewing student short films on hometown history from across the United States, including Fairfax County!   This is an annual project for K-12 students.  Learn more at:   Free popcorn!   Click here for information about the project.

 Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m.

 "For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862"--Book talk and signing with author Brian R. McEnany who follows the cadets from their initiation, through coursework, and on to the battlefield, focusing on twelve Union and four Confederate soldiers.

 Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m.

"The Civil War and the Two Fairfax Courthouses"-- Katrina Krempasky and Heather Bollinger of the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Division, will share the stories of the physical building in present day City of Fairfax abandoned during the war and the continuation of the Court held in the West End at Bruins House and Jail under the Restored Government of Virginia. 

Saturday August 27, 2p.m.

"PTSD and the Civil War"--Join Beth White, president of the Lynchburg Civil War Round Table as she examines the psychological burdens felt by Civil War soldiers long past the end of the war.  She uses example from the 11th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A'

 Saturday, September 24, 2p.m.  --Fall for the Book "The Battle of Bristoe Station ,'Myths and Memory'”  Authors Rob Orrison and Bill Backus, with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, will discuss the many myths surrounding the Battle of Bristoe Station. The Battle of Bristoe Station was the last major battle of the Civil War in Prince William County. Backus’  recent book and Orrison's “A Want of Vigilance” will also be for sale.

 Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m.  TBA- "Tournaments in Fairfax County and Fairfax Court House." With Jeanne Niccolls.


 Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m.--

"Clashing Dynasties: Charles Francis Adams and James Murray Mason in the Fiery Cauldron of Civil War"--book talk and signing by Gerard Gawalt.

 Sunday, December 4, 2016,  Noon-4p.m. SPECIAL DATE and TIME

"Christmas in Camp"

Other Information of Interest

Volunteers and docents are sought for the city's historic buildings: Ratcliffe-Allison House, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center and Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. Additionally, volunteers may be interested in assisting with walking tours and special events. For information email or call 703-385-8415.

The city has published a free self-guided walking tour brochure that provides a brief history of the city and noteworthy buildings in the Old Town Fairfax Historic District. This brochure is available from the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street, or call 703-385-8414.

Select historic buildings are open during city special events, including the Chocolate Lovers Festival, Civil War Weekend, Independence Day Celebration, Fall Festival and Festival of Lights and Carols. To arrange group tours of city-owned historic buildings email or call 703-385-8414.