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Local History

Formed in 1742, Fairfax County has a long and fruitful history. The Virginia Room, located on the second floor of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, collects, preserves, and makes accessible local history resources. Researchers can find historical information on Fairfax County individuals, locations, and events. This Local History page serves as a guide to some of our local history resources which include:

  • Photographs
  • Yearbooks
  • Local Newspapers
  • Subject Files
  • Archival Collections

Questions? Email the Virginia Room: va_room@fairfaxcounty.gov

Local History Library Events

The Civil War in Northern Virginia in 1861

Local historian and author William Connery will paint a picture of Northern Virginia at the beginning of the American Civil War. Teens-adults.…

Date:
Thursday, Jun 20, 2019
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Age: Adults Age: Older Adults Age: Teens Author Event

Burke Historical Society Presents: Local German POW Camps of WWII

Ann Shields shares her research on the WWII-era camps for German prisoners of war at Fort Meade, Fairfax and Fort Hunt, within the context of the national POW-internment program. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Jun 30, 2019
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Age: Adults Age: Older Adults

Forgotten Fairfax: Fairfax County Public Schools A Visual History

Explore the rich history of Fairfax County Public Schools from its founding in 1870 to the present through rare photographs, archival film footage, maps, and other illustrations. …

Date:
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
Time:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Age: Adults

Forgotten Fairfax: Histree - Notable Trees in Fairfax County's History

Trees are responsible for giving place names in Fairfax County. Learn about localities that earned their name from trees and discover historic big trees that are still standing!…

Date:
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019
Time:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
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