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Tours and Educational Programs

Private Guided Tours:  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.

Historic Walking Tours: Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI) walking tours of Old Town Fairfax will return in Spring 2017.  For more information on HFCI please click here.

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.  See Map of History.

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.

 

2017

Sunday, January 8 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Educating Freedmen in Fairfax County During Reconstruction”                                                               Debbie Robison, historian and member of the Fairfax County History Commission, will share her research on the 15 schools established from 1864-68 for African American students.   Also, historian and author Page Johnson will share his findings on the Society of Friends school at Fairfax Court House and the teacher’s marriage to a Fairfax native. 

Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m. –Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway

Film screening of ROSENWALD, a 2015 documentary profiling Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, and the schools he funded for African Americans. Film will be shown courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film in Boston.  The program will also include a brief history of the Rosenwald School that served the Fairfax community from 1926 – 1951.

Sunday, March 12Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“The Fairfax Ladies Memorial Association and the Fairfax City Cemetery”
Curator Susan Inskeep Gray will discuss the role of Fairfax women to reinter Confederate war dead and the cemetery’s transition to a community burial place.

 

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

Program Series 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.  703.591.0560.  For home page please click here.

2017

Saturday, January 28 – Historic Blenheim

“The CSS Shenandoah and the Last Shot of the Civil War” – Local author William Connery will tell the story of the Confederate Navy’s last ship, the CSS Shenandoah.

Saturday, February 25 -- Historic Blenheim                                                                                                 

“A Slave No More:  Lewis Lee of Fairfax Court House” – Retired educator Wes Boutchard will unfold the incredible story of a mulatto slave related to Blenheim’s Willcoxon family, his escape from slavery and the choices he made as a free man.

Saturday, March 25 - special location: Fairfax City Hall annex, Council Chambers, 10455 Armstrong St., 2pm.

The Office of Historic Resources and the City of Fairfax's Commission for Women present for WOmen's History Month:

“Harriet Tubman:  Move or Die"--   a dynamic one-woman show that takes its audience on one of the many journeys Ms. Tubman took on the Underground Railroad. Watch Ms. Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, change into more than a dozen characters, right before your eyes. See for yourself the people who helped her along the path to freedom... and the ones who tried to stop her in her tracks. Join Ms. Briley-Strand as she transports you into a time you've only read about.

Ms. Strand will display an exhibit, "The Portals Through Time," about Miss Tubman.

Program length: 45 minutes plus 15-20 minute Question & Answer period
Schools:           Grades 3 and up

Saturday, April 29, 10a.m.-5p.m.- Historic Blenheim

17th annual Fairfax Civil War Day --Living history programs, infantry and cannon firings, scholarly talks, military drills, historic house tours, Civil War music, wagon rides, youth activities, barbecue and more! Admission: $5/adults; $3/youth, 12 and under. For program updates: Click here.

Saturday, May 20 - Historic Blenheim

Loudoun Boundary Line and Stuart's Significant Achievement”-- Local historians Jim Lewis and Chuck Mauro will discuss the creation of the Loudoun County/Fairfax County line and will then chronicle J.E.B. Stuart's onerous journey through our area on June 27, 1863, impacting his arrival time at Gettysburg. 

Saturday, June 24 - Historic Blenheim

“Chronology of the Civil War in Fairfax County, Part I”- Preservationist, historian, and author Edward T. Wenzel will discuss notable incidents from the first two years of war in Fairfax County that have been included in his day-by-day Civil War chronology. This impressive volume of 618 pages includes 50 maps and more than 350 photos, while his separate index is 200 pages long. Both will be available for sale and signing.

 

Other Information of Interest

Volunteers and Docents are sought for the city's historic buildings: Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer 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 Susan.Gray@fairfaxva.gov, or call 703.385.8415.

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 Susan.Gray@fairfaxva.gov or call 703.385.8414.