Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, 1812
Location: 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Hours: The house is open to the public for free tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from April through October, during many city special events and by appointment. For further information email or call 703.385.8414.
The Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House
was built by Richard Ratcliffe, the City's founder; in 1812, and was expanded by 1824 by the Allison family. This charming brick house is the City's oldest residence within what was the original 6-block Town of Providence. The daily activities of some of its twelve owners and occupants are interpreted for visitors, illustrating commercial and domestic change along Main Street during the 19th and 20th centuries. The last two owners were Kate Waller Barrett, a prominent social reformer, and her daughter, Kitty Pozer. Following her mother's death, Kitty purchased the house with her husband, Charles Pozer, and joined a new 1927 prefabricated house to the earlier brick structure. A respected gardener, Mrs. Pozer deeded the house to the city in 1973. Following her death in 1981, the City purchased her extensive property that extended to North Street to create the Kitty Pozer Garden, a passive park showcasing her plantings.
Fairfax City realized a vision of a central downtown location for citizens and visitors to gather on a daily basis and during yearly special events when they opened Old Town Square, an extension of the land that encompassed the original garden park. Old Town Square combines attractive landscaping and hardscaping with water features, benches, and a pergola/stage area. The Kitty Pozer Garden is directly behind the 1927 house and includes carefully chosen plantings to emulate Kitty Pozer's gardening tastes intertwined with meandering pathways, and benches beneath a tall tree cover. A wayside sign interprets the life and achievements of Kitty Pozer-- a true preservationist.
Historic House Museum Group
Ratcliffe-Allison House and Historic Blenheim are participating members of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Please visit their website below to learn about over 40 historic house museums in the Washington DC area including Mount Vernon, Riversdale, White House and many more in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC! Visit www.dchousemuseums.org for information.