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Fairfax County History

Virginia Room Research

Fairfax County 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

This Guide Is Indended For:

  • Researchers interested in the history of their neighborhood
  • Genealogists seeking their Fairfax County ancestors
  • Historians investigating histories of local buildings
  • School alumni searching for old yearbooks
  • Anyone curious about Fairfax County’s history

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

Virginia Room COVID-19 Project

Be part of the FCPL Virginia Room's historic project to collect primary source material regarding Fairfax County residents' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit your stories, photographs, journal entries, short video clips, art images, or other digital files using this online form. (If you don't have a Google account, you can email the Virginia Room your stories or other documents at va_room@fairfaxcounty.gov.)

Local History Library Events

Alexandria Black History Museum

Please join us to hear from Ms. Audrey Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, and Mr. Ron Chase, Director of the Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum.  Together they will provi…

Date:
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Black History Month Lecture/Workshop

Public Historian Niya Bates talk on Monticello's African-American history

FCPL welcomes public historian Niya Bates for a talk about her work at Monticello's Getting Word African American Oral History Project. Her current research interests include slavery and Reconstr…

Date:
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Black History Month Digital Programs

Documentary Film "Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood" - Screening/Discussion/Q&A

Join FCPL's screening of the documentary film "Burn: The Lynching of George Arwood." Discussion and Question and Answer Session Discussion and Q&A with filmmaker/director Will Schwarz, foun…

Date:
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Time:
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Black History Month

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