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 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 for 2018 will be held on Saturdays May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11. 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. Call 703.385.8414 for reservations. For more information on HFCI please click here.

The city has published a free self-guided walking tour brochure, "Courting History," 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.

Kitty Pozer Garden and Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

"Kitty Pozer Day"

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, 10386 Main Street, Fairfax and in the adjoining Old Town Square and Old Town Hall.

Free. For more information, call:  703-385-8414.

Celebrate the life and memory of Kitty Pozer, garden columnist and community activist, whose passion for gardening is honored in the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Square. A garden dedication, family activities, tours of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House--that she donated to the City of Fairfax--and a talk remembering her life will take place between 10am and 3pm.  Refreshments and talk will be in Old Town Hall.

 Schedule of events:

10:00 -10:30 a.m. – Dedication of the Kitty Pozer Garden – Patio of Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

12:30 p.m. – Talk: “Kitty Barrett Pozer: Celebrating a Life” – Dr. Ted McCord, George Mason University – Old Town Hall

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Family Activities:  “Designing a Gardening Hat” and “Planting a Flower Pot” – Old Town Square and Patio of Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Guided Tours of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House and the new exhibit:  “The Barrett-Pozer Family in World War I”

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Slide Show of images from Kitty Barrett Pozer’s Life  - Old Town Hall

 Light refreshments will be served in Old Town Hall from 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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, June 10—Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center


“The Yanks are Coming (Eventually): Hearing America Change, 1914-1919”

Historical performer and music historian Michael Lasser will discuss songs from World War 1 and how the era’s popular music traced the changes in American attitudes toward the war. 

Sunday, July 8 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Virginians in the Great War: Uncovering One State’s Role in Mobilizing For, Fighting, and Commemorating World War I” – Talk and book signing with Dr. Lynn Rainville, Associate Dean, Sweet Briar College.

 Sunday, August 12 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“Sowing the Seeds of Victory:  The Women’s Land Army of American in Virginia and Washington, D.C.”

Adjunct Instructor Anna E. Kiefer from Lord Fairfax Community College, will share her research about the women called into service as farmers during World War I. 

Sunday, September 9 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“Bringing Our Boys Home: Arlington National Cemetery, The First World War, and the Cration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”  Christopher Warren, Senior Historian at Arlington National Cemetery, will discuss the impact of World War I on the cemetery and the history behind the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Sunday, October 14 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“Sowing the Seeds of Victory:  The Women’s Land Army of American in Virginia and Washington, D.C.”

Adjunct Instructor Anna E. Kiefer from Lord Fairfax Community College, will share her research about the women called into service as farmers during World War I. 

Sunday, November 11 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

“Women of Resilience: Daughters of the American Revolution Service in World War I.” Join Tracy Elizabeth Robinson, CA, Director of Archives and History at the DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a talk on the different roles and services DAR members performed during World War I.   

2 – 5 p.m., Sunday, December 9 – Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Holiday cheer, music, and refreshments. Stop by Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center for some holiday cheer.  Enjoy free seasonal music and refreshments while shopping for those special Fairfax and Virginia gifts, including the 2018 White House Christmas Ornament, honoring President Harry S. Truman.   

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.  


Saturday, June 23—Historic Blenheim

“Midnight in America:  Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War.”  Christopher Newport University Professor Jonathan W. White, PhD, will discuss how the horrors and rigors of war for both Union and Confederate soldiers penetrated their lives at night through sleeplessness and dreams.

 Saturday, July 28 - Historic Blenheim 

"This Sorrowful War": A Veterinary Surgeon in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Based on a memoir written by Gustavus Asche-Berg—a German-born veterinarian who served with the 4th New York Volunteer Cavalry during  the disastrous 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign,--Phil Teigen, PhD, Retired Deputy Chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library Of Medicine. will discuss  a nearly unique account of horses in the Civil War, with details about their training, their use, and their "sorrowful" fate. 

Saturday, August 25—Historic Blenheim

Walt Whitman in Washington.” Author Garrett Peck will speak of Walt Whitman’s definitive decade in DC.  His journey to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a wounded Union officer, culminated with Whitman serving as a volunteer "hospital missionary" for three years. With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War.

 Saturday, September 22 – Historic Blenheim

“Women Soldiers of the Civil War.”   Tracey McIntire and Audrey-Teller Scanlan will speak about the experience of more than four hundred women who disguised themselves as men and served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.  They will explore individual stories, gender roles and military culture of the era.

Saturday, October 27 –Historic Blenheim                                                                                                                   

Real v. Reel: A Closer Look at the Medicine of ‘Mercy Street’”


Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. When watching the portrayals of Civil War medicine it can be hard to know which is which.  Rewatch some notable scenes, and separate the medical and historical basis for the drama from the "TV magic." Looking at the PBS original series “Mercy Street”, Jake Wynn, the Program Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will look at what the medical drama got right and wrong about Civil War medicine. 


Saturday,  November 17 –  Historic Blenheim

Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies. How much did Mosby know, and was he complicit in an attempt to murder the President of the United States?  In his new book, author Dave Goetz offers new insights and focuses on numerous attempts to capture or kill Abraham Lincoln and is the first to write a book considering Mosby as an integral part of the Lincoln conspiracies.

Sunday, December 2, Noon-4pm - Historic Blenheim, SPECIAL TIME AND DATE

Christmas in Camp and Making do at Home.” Engage in holiday customs of Civil War soldiers and civilians at home.   703.591.6728 for scout reservations.

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, 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.




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