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Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House 2014
Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, 1812

 

Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House Tours --10386 Main St. Fairfax

Free docent-led tours 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays: May- October.  Special tour dates:  Fall Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 13, and Candlelight Tours, 6-7 p.m., Saturday, December 1. Call: 703-385-8414.

Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House Tours and Exhibition

The Barrett-Pozer Family in World War I through 2019

SPECIAL PROGRAM:

"Kitty Pozer Day"

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, 10386 Main Street, Fairfax and in the adjoining Old Town Square and Old Town Hall.

Free. For more information, call:  703-385-8414.

Celebrate the life and memory of Kitty Pozer, garden columnist and community activist, whose passion for gardening is honored in the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Square. A garden dedication, family activities, tours of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House--that she donated to the City of Fairfax--and a talk remembering her life will take place between 10am and 3pm.  Refreshments and talk will be in Old Town Hall.

 Schedule of events:

10:00 -10:30 a.m. – Dedication of the Kitty Pozer Garden – Patio of Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

12:30 p.m. – Talk: “Kitty Barrett Pozer: Celebrating a Life” – Dr. Ted McCord, George Mason University – Old Town Hall

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Family Activities:  “Designing a Gardening Hat” and “Planting a Flower Pot” – Old Town Square and Patio of Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Guided Tours of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House and the new exhibit:  “The Barrett-Pozer Family in World War I”

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Slide Show of images from Kitty Barrett Pozer’s Life  - Old Town Hall

 Light refreshments will be served in Old Town Hall from 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

was built by Richard Ratcliffe, the City's founder; in 1812, and was expanded by 1824 by the Allison family. This charming brick house is the City's oldest residence within what was the original 6-block Town of Providence. The daily activities of some of its twelve owners and occupants are interpreted for visitors, illustrating commercial and domestic change along Main Street during the 19th and 20th centuries. The last two owners were Kate Waller Barrett, a prominent social reformer, and her daughter, Kitty Pozer. Following her mother's death, Kitty purchased the house with her husband, Charles Pozer, and joined a new 1927 prefabricated house to the earlier brick structure.  A respected gardener, Mrs. Pozer deeded the house to the city in 1973.  Following her death in 1981, the City purchased her extensive property that extended to North Street to create the Kitty Pozer Garden, a passive park showcasing her plantings.

Fairfax City realized a vision of a central downtown location for citizens and visitors to gather on a daily basis and during yearly special events when they opened Old Town Square, an extension of the land that encompassed the original garden park.   Old Town Square combines attractive landscaping and hardscaping with water features, benches, and a pergola/stage area.  The Kitty Pozer Garden is directly behind the 1927 house and includes carefully chosen plantings to emulate Kitty Pozer's gardening tastes intertwined with meandering pathways, and benches beneath a tall tree cover.  A wayside sign interprets the life and achievements of Kitty Pozer-- a true preservationist.

VOLUNTEERS are needed and welcome.   For additional information please contact Susan.Gray@Fairfaxva.govor 703.385.8415. Click for a Volunteer Application .

HISTORIC WALKING TOURS

Join docents from Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI) for a 90-minute walking tours of Old Town Fairfax.  Meet at the old Fairfax Courthouse at 10a.m.

 Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11 Cost:  $10/adults; $5/youth, ages 6-12, children 6 and under are free. Family rate (three or more) $25. For reservations, call: 703-385-8414.

Historic House Museum Group

Ratcliffe-Allison House and Historic Blenheim are participating members of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Please visit their website below to learn about over 40 historic house museums in the Washington DC area including Mount Vernon, Riversdale, White House and many more in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC! Visit www.dchousemuseums.org for information.

 

The City of Fairfax is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call:  703-385-8414 or 703-591-0560.