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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

Burke Historical Society Presents: Gold in Local History

Learn a bit about the science of gold, the 79th element and hear about the regional history of this metal, including mining operations and some tales of lost treasure. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: The History of Lee Chapel

For the BHS’s Annual Meeting, we’ll show a documentary on the history of Burke’s Lee Chapel, with an introduction by Jon Vrana on the local history of Methodist circuit riders. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America

Sara Collini, a Ph.D. candidate in history at GMU, shares her research on enslaved women’s role as midwives in Fairfax County and the Chesapeake from 1750 to 1820. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: Seeking a Lost Grave

Chris Brown, Post 7916 VFW Auxiliary Historian, recounts his adventure leading a small team in search of a lost Revolutionary War veteran’s grave in Putnam County, New York. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: The Origins of Dulles Airport

Dr. Ray W. Clark discusses the founding of Dulles International Airport. Burke’s selection as the airport’s intended location led to protracted community opposition and permanently changed the are…

Date:
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: Fort Hunt / PO Box 1142

Ann Shields returns to speak more on PO Box 1142 (Fort Hunt, Alexandria), the Army’s top-secret World War II interrogation facility for captured German scientists and engineers. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Burke Historical Society Presents: Mulberry Hill of Burke

Mary Rouse Root shares her memories of growing up at Mulberry Hill, one of Burke’s oldest houses, built ca 1790 by Thomas Windsor. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Jun 28, 2020
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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