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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 are held on set Saturdays, May -October. The tours start at 10 am in front of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, weather permitting and last about 90 minutes. Free parking is across the street in the Bank of America parking lot. For more information on HFCI and the walking tours 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, November 12 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

"WWI and WWII Quilts" --Quilt historian Bunnie Jordan will discuss and display patriotic quilts from World War I and World War II.

 Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. -- Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

"An Early American Christmas" -- Enjoy a culinary journey with Food Historian Joyce White. Tastings of historic holiday treats will follow the presentation.  Program limited to 30 participants. Reservations required.  Cost: $7 per person; payment due December 1.

 2018

Sunday, January 14, Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Film producer and historian Andrew Och will share stories from his research on "America's First Ladies."  He is the author of Unusual for Their TIme:  On the Road with America's First Ladies."  Book signing and sale will follow the talk.

Sunday, February 11 - Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Historians Susan Hellman and Maddy McCoy will present excerpts from their study of the African American community around George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.  Their article, "Soil Tilled by Free Men: The Formation of a Free Black Community in Fairfax County" was published by the Virginia Historical Society in 2017.

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, October 28-- Historic Blenheim

“Col. John S. Mosby’s Combat Operations in (Loudoun) County, Virginia," -- Local historians and authors Don Hakenson and Chuck Mauro will share their latest research discoveries.  Book sale and signing will follow.

Saturday, November 18--Historic Blenheim

"The Benson-Rice Story,"--Storytellers from the historic Sudley United Methodist Church in Manassas will tell the fascinating story of a wounded Union soldier and a local Confederate husband and wife who interacted during and after the Civil War.

 Sunday, December 3,   Noon-4p.m. SPECIAL DATE and TIME

“Christmas in Camp and Making Do at Home”- Holiday customs , Victorian crafts, writing letters to soldiers,  and camp drills with Company D, 17th Virginia Infantry, “Fairfax Rifles,” C.S.A.  and Union soldiers. For group reservations, call 703-591-6728.

 2018

Saturday, January 27 - Historic Blenheim

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries:  African-Americans in Civil War Medicine."  Jill Newmark, Exhibition Specialist of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, will discuss the contributions of African-American medical personnel during the Civil War.

Saturday, February 24, Historic Blenheim

"Music in the Time of Lincoln" is a 40-minute video recording of a music program documenting Lincoln's musical preferences and experiences.  The film is interwoven with narration by WETA's Robert Aubry Davis. Davis and Lincoln author Elizabeth Brownstein will discuss the program research and answer questions from the audience.   Limited to 80 people.

Saturday, April 28, 10a.m.-5p.m.- Historic Blenheim

Highlights from the 17th annual Fairfax Civil War Day --Click here.  See images from the recent event.

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, 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.