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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

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

Late Night in the Virginia Room

Research the history of your Fairfax County property. Learn how to register a property as an historic site. And for the genealogist – a class and opportunity for one-on-one with an experienced resea…

Date:
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
Time:
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Conference Room 103, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Conference Room 103
Categories:

The Chesapeake Bay: A Voyage in Song and Story

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Janie Meneely showcases the people, places and traditions of the working waterfronts of the Eastern Shore.  From local ghosts to tragic shipwrecks, Janie’s songs …

Date:
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
Time:
3:00pm - 4:00pm
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:
All Ages/Family Performance

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
Categories:

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