Historic Tours & Programs


Tours and Educational Programs

Private Guided Tours:  Adult groups and educational programs for students or scouts are available for a fee. All tours are tailored for group needs, educational standards, and interests. Tours require advanced reservations. To arrange educational programs or tours of city-owned historic buildings email Susan.gray@fairfaxva.gov or call 703.385.8415.

Historic Walking Tours: Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI) walking tours of Old Town Fairfax begin on Saturday, May 6, 2017.   The tours start at 10 am in front of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, weather permitting and last about 90 minutes. Free parking is across the street in the Bank of America parking lot.

For reservations and more information, call the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center at 703-385-8414 or 800-545-7950. Fees are Adults:$10. Children 6-12: $5. Children 6 and under are free. Family rate (three or more): $25. All proceeds benefit HFCI’s preservation of the City’s historic properties. Other dates for 2017 are  June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept 2, Oct.7. .  For more information on HFCI and the walking tours please click here.

The city has published a free self-guided walking tour brochure that provides a brief history of the city and noteworthy buildings in the Old Town Fairfax Historic District. This brochure is available from the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street, or call 703.385.8414.  See Map of History.

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center "Second Sunday" Program

Programs are held at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street. Free (unless noted). Check back to find out about additional programs planned throughout the year. Information: 703.385.8414.

 Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m. –Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

National Public Radio News correspondent and author Tom Gjelton will discuss his book, Nation of Nations, a study of several immigrant families in Fairfax County and the challenges and upheavals the new arrivals and their communities faced.  Book signing and sale will follow the program.   



and Speaker Presentation

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Old Town Hall (Corner of University Drive and Main Street)

Please join HFCI for its annual membership meeting and talk by local author Charles Mauro.  Mr. Mauro will discuss Civil War in Fairfax County from his book of the same title.  This event is free and will be held at Old Town Hall.  Book signing to follow the talk.  Please call (703) 385-8414 for additional information.

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 Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m. – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Note:  Date changed from May 14 to May 7.

“Desegregation of Fairfax County Public Schools” will be the topic for Megan Garnett, High School Social Studies Department Chair at James W. Robinson Secondary School.  Garnett’s talk will be based on her master’s thesis.

Saturday, July 8 – Bus Tour /with County

Sunday, July 9—Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“Rural Retreat and Riverine Relaxation: The History of the Mason Family’s Occupancy of Theodore Roosevelt Island”- Bradley Krueger, a National Park Service Cultural Resources Specialist for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, will tell the little-known history of the various ways George Mason’s family interacted with the landscape.

Sunday, August 13 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center   


 Sunday, September 10 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

"Vietnam Memorial Artifacts"

 Sunday, October 8 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center


 Sunday, November 12 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

"WWI and WWII Quilts" -- with Bunnie Jurdan

 Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. -- Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

"An Early American Christmas" Joyce White

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

Program Series are free and held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays (unless otherwise noted) at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway.  703.591.0560.  For home page please click here.


Saturday, April 29, 10a.m.-5p.m.- Historic Blenheim

17th annual Fairfax Civil War Day --Living history programs, infantry and cannon firings, scholarly talks, military drills, historic house tours, Civil War music, wagon rides, youth activities, barbecue and more! Admission: $5/adults; $3/youth, 12 and under. No parking on site. Parking at Fairfax High School (3501 Rebel Run) and free shuttle to site. For program updates: Click here.

Saturday, May 20 - Historic Blenheim

Loudoun Boundary Line and Stuart's Significant Achievement”-- Local historians Jim Lewis and Chuck Mauro will discuss the creation of the Loudoun County/Fairfax County line and will then chronicle J.E.B. Stuart's onerous journey through our area on June 27, 1863, impacting his arrival time at Gettysburg. 

Saturday, June 24 - Historic Blenheim

“Chronology of the Civil War in Fairfax County, Part I”- Preservationist, historian, and author Edward T. Wenzel will discuss notable incidents from the first two years of war in Fairfax County that have been included in his day-by-day Civil War chronology. This impressive volume of 618 pages includes 50 maps and more than 350 photos, while his separate index is 200 pages long. Both will be available for sale and signing.

Saturday, July 22—Historic Blenheim

“Artificial Limbs in the Civil War” with Guy R. Hasegawa, Pharm D.  Learn about the wartime provisions  made for amputees in need of artificial limbs—programs that revealed stark differences between the resources and capabilities of the North and the South and that eventually led to the modern government’s role in rehabilitating soldiers.

Saturday August 26—Historic Blenheim

"The Battle of Ball's Bluff," with local historian James Morgan will focus on the causes of the battle, the fighting itself, and the ramifications which were more significant than might be thought for what really just a skirmish., His tactical study of Ball’s Bluff, A Little Short of Boats: the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, the definitive work on that little fight will be available for purchase and signing.

Saturday, September 23, Historic Blenheim

“Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse” -- with author Candace Shy Hooper

Saturday, October 28-- Historic Blenheim"

“Col. John S. Mosby’s Combat Operations in (Loudoun) County, Virginia," -- with local historicans and authors Don Hakenson and Chuck Mauro

Saturday, November 18--Historic Blenheim

"The Benson-Rice Story," -- with the Benson-Rice Storytellers from Sudley U.M. Church


 Sunday, December 3,   Noon-4p.m. SPECIAL DATE and TIME

“Christmas in Camp”- Holiday customs, Victorian crafts, music, and camp drills with Company D, 17th Virginia Infantry, “Fairfax Rifles,” C.S.A.  For group reservations, call 703-591-6728.


Other Information of Interest

Volunteers and Docents are sought for the city's historic buildings: Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center and Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. Additionally, volunteers may be interested in assisting with walking tours and special events. For information email Susan.Gray@fairfaxva.gov, or call 703.385.8415.

Select historic buildings are open during city special events, including the Chocolate Lovers Festival, Civil War Weekend, Independence Day Celebration, Fall Festival and Festival of Lights and Carols. To arrange group tours of city-owned historic buildings email Susan.Gray@fairfaxva.gov or call 703.385.8414.