Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Official Page of The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, administered by City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources. As of May 4 2021- The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is OPEN.
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Daily hours 11-4. The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popular Second Sunday series. The Visitor Center stocks maps and information about sites and special events throughout Virginia and the D.C. area. The Museum is the flagship for the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, which also includes:

Historic Blenheim & the Civil War Interpretive Center - 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax
open Tuesday- Saturday 11 AM -3 PM (Center open; Historic House closed)
Front Desk: (703)591-0560

The Ratcliffe-Allison House - 10386 Main St. Fairfax
TEMPORARILY CLOSED (was open Saturdays 11 AM-2 PM April through October, and City special events - FREE )

Guided group tours and educational programs for students, scouts, and adults are currently suspended.

Operating as usual

03/03/2021
February 25, 2021 Community Listening and Learning Session

Catch the replay of the Feb. 25 Community Listening and Learning Session "The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremacy and Disenfranchisement" with historian Brent Tarter (introduction to the speaker starts at 5:26).

The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremacy and Disenfranchisement

City of Fairfax Government
02/17/2021

City of Fairfax Government

Celebrate #BlackHistory and honor Black perseverance and resiliency with this virtual Black History program at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, featuring music, speakers, and more.

Click here for details: https://bit.ly/2MKLpLk #BlackHistoryMonth

02/12/2021
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation

History is not always "long ago"! It may only be 10 years old, but the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center has had an historic impact on our Fairfax City Community. ❤️

Today, we celebrate 10 years since the opening of the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center! 👏1️⃣0️⃣⭐️

It is hard to encapsulate 10 years into a few minutes, but here are some of the amazing memories made in the Stacy C. Sherwood Center over the last 10 years.

The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center construction was launched with a $5 million donation from Geraldine Sherwood, wife of Stacy C. Sherwood.

Benefactor Geraldine Sherwood and her husband Stacy were longtime active members of the Fairfax community. Stacy C. Sherwood also was a member of the Fairfax Town Council (1956-60) and City Council (1960-64).

The center opened to the community on February 11, 2011

The Sherwood's generous donation to Fairfax City, created a legacy for many future generations of our community to enjoy.

City of Fairfax Government Historic Fairfax City, Inc.

Tonight - Join the kick off session of Connected For All.
02/04/2021

Tonight - Join the kick off session of Connected For All.

Tonight's Fairfax City Connected for All Listening Session begins at 7 pm. To participate, please register at http://ow.ly/LQ6l50Do0ta

Please note: tonight's topic and speaker have been updated.

Tonight's topic is "Crossroads of Conflict in the American Civil War, 1861-65: How Those Events and Personalities Have Been Memorialized and Interpreted” with Susan Inskeep Gray, director of City of Fairfax Historic Resources.

This is the first in the series of listening sessions. Please visit http://engage.fairfaxva.gov for upcoming listening session dates and topics.

We continue to welcome comments at http://engage.fairfaxva.gov — please engage!

01/23/2021
City of Fairfax Government

Always so much to do in Fairfax !

You probably always knew #FairfaxCity was magic, but this week's #FairfaxCityMinute proves it! Watch the Minute to see what fun and important events and activities are on the horizon here in the city. #LiveLifeConnected #FundayMonday #JohnWilkesBooth #AsiaBoothClarke #StufftheBus
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation
Fairfax County Government

Important Closure Announcement City of Fairfax Government
12/23/2020
Fairfax City Museums Closure Announcement

Important Closure Announcement City of Fairfax Government

Due to the dramatic increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the City of Fairfax and across the region, The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center and the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim will close to the public starting Thursday, December 24 until further notice. Closure (and future re-...

First snow of the year — Fairfax looks beautiful ! City of Fairfax Government
12/16/2020

First snow of the year — Fairfax looks beautiful ! City of Fairfax Government

12/11/2020
City of Fairfax Government

Always so much happening in our great City - including our event Sunday !

Fairfax City Minute - December 10, 2020
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center and Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center present "In Their Words: A Civil War Christmas"; City of Fairfax Fire Department collects for #ToysforTots; Stay Connected Fairfax City is a new tool to keep you informed; "City Samaritan" seeks to share the stories of those individuals making a difference in the communty; and the weather will be great for yardwork this weekend - You rake'em. We'll take'em!

City of Fairfax Government
12/02/2020

City of Fairfax Government

The application deadline for stakeholders to help guide the Connecting Fairfax City for All initiative has been extended. Applications are due Dec. 4. Please consider applying to serve on this important group. Apply at http://ow.ly/cpCv30rmEtk

Subscribe to our new City email system and be sure to check Historic Resources to get info on all our programs.
12/01/2020
Stay Connected with Fairfax City!

Subscribe to our new City email system and be sure to check Historic Resources to get info on all our programs.

The City of Fairfax has a new way to stay connected to your favorite programs, events, and city news. Sign up today to receive updates and newsletters via email or text.

Keep up with Fairfax City happenings !
12/01/2020

Keep up with Fairfax City happenings !

The December 2020 Cityscene is available — check it out online at fairfaxva.gov/cityscene and download your copy today.

Thank you for reading The Cityscene!

Looking forward to hosting this talk tomorrow !
11/14/2020

Looking forward to hosting this talk tomorrow !

Join the discussion — a virtual book talk on Sunday, November 15, with the author and historian who wrote the book on George Washington.

Participate via your phone or web browser — find out more by clicking here: http://ow.ly/xWG050CjfSk — hope to "see" you there!

11/13/2020
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

#FairfaxCity is seeking applications for a community engagement stakeholder group for Connecting Fairfax City for All. Visit engage.fairfaxva.gov to apply. Taxpayer Assistance Program or "TAP" offers no-interest loans for real estate and personal property taxes. Visit, fairfaxva.gov/TAP. Donate "Mac & Cheese and Masks" to Fairfax teachers at macandmaskfx.com. PLUS, learn how to participate in virtual Community Knit/Crochet events and a virtual history talk.

Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future
11/12/2020
Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future

Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future

The City of Fairfax recognizes there is strength in diversity and acknowledges the need for a broader community conversation around the issues of racial and social equity, systemic racism, symbolism, and identity. Nomenclature in the City of Fairfax Evolving views about who and what should be memori...

True Story : Way back before COVID , we had a Hands on History Room open for young historians , focusing on suffrage. Yo...
11/06/2020

True Story : Way back before COVID , we had a Hands on History Room open for young historians , focusing on suffrage. Young voters were invited to cast their ballot for Panda , Pig , or Penguin for President. Then the ballot box was hastily put away when we closed for the virus - and forgotten ! Current events inspired the box be pulled out and ballots counted - so we announce with 28 votes , Panda is the winner! (Penguin came in at 22, Pig at 18, and there was one creative write-in for Python ) City of Fairfax Government

11/06/2020
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

Fairfax City Minute - November 5, 2020
Connecting Fairfax City for All is a community conversation about racial and social equity. Share your ideas and see what others are saying at engage.fairfaxva.gov. A 15-member stakeholder groups is being assembled. If you are interested in serving on this group, apply by December 1. Visit fairfaxva.gov and search "stakeholders application".
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation invites you to shop the Virtual Holiday Craft Show in November: FairfaxHolidayShow.com. Veterans Day is November 11. Here's the city closures and service changes you need to know. Curbside leaf collection runs through December 31. Rake loose leaves to the curb. Some delays may occur, but please leave the leaves at the curb.

10/23/2020
City of Fairfax Government

So much great City info - including our Laid to Rest talk from Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center!

Fairfax City Minute - October 22, 2020
#FairfaxCity offers wastewater bill payment assistance for qualifying Fairfax City residents impacted by #COVID19. Watch @FairfaxCityTheatreCompany present Cabaret TONIGHT at 7 pm on Cityscreen-12 or watch on fairfaxva.gov, click on the 12 on the bottom of the homepage. Explore "virtually" the known and unknown burials at Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center. Enter the Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. Early voting at City Hall for City of Fairfax registered voters, Monday-Saturday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Information: fairfaxva.gov/vote.

They’re Here! The annual White House Historical Association Christmas ornament ( featuring JFK) is available for $22.
10/23/2020

They’re Here! The annual White House Historical Association Christmas ornament ( featuring JFK) is available for $22.

The big sycamore tree, which has long shaded the park behind our Museum. has died. Please see below for how to send in y...
10/16/2020

The big sycamore tree, which has long shaded the park behind our Museum. has died. Please see below for how to send in your memories, and news of what's next!

After providing shade to playground users and picnickers for many years, the stately sycamore tree at Ratcliffe Park has died. The beloved tree has stood there since the time when the park was still the “new” Fairfax Elementary School.

A crew began removing limbs today to ensure the safety of park visitors, but the tree may have a second life as a public art piece. The Commission on the Arts is working with an artist to carve a sculpture from the remaining trunk. The artist is preparing a sketch that will reflect the park’s history. In addition to the sculpture, some of the wood will be used to make guitars.

If you have memories or stories about the tree, please share them at [email protected].

Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts

10/11/2020
The Occoquan Suffrage Prisioners - September 13, 2020

Second Sunday "Local Suffrage Stories" program today has been postponed - new date TBD. To tide you over, here is a replay from last month's program in case you missed it!

Alice Reagan, Associate Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College shares the story of the suffragists arrested for protesting in front of the...

Please take the survey! City of Fairfax GovernmentCity of Fairfax Sustainability
10/09/2020

Please take the survey! City of Fairfax GovernmentCity of Fairfax Sustainability

Please take the Urban Forest Survey! 🏡🌳🏦

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCty

Your responses will help guide recommendations in the Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report, which will identify goals and priorities for managing the city’s trees and forests. Your participation is crucial to the project’s success!

Thank you and please share to encourage others to take the survey as well!

🌳 What is Urban Forestry, you might ask? 🌳

According to AmericanForests.org - "Urban forestry is defined as the planting, maintenance, care and protection of tree populations in urban settings. And the role of trees is an essential function of city planning and urban infrastructure. Planned connections of green spaces encompass not only parks and gardens, but also landscaped boulevards, river and coastal promenades, greenways and even simple street-side tree boxes. All of this requires strategic planning and a skilled workforce."

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09/26/2020

Fairfax Musuem will be
CLOSED
Saturday September 26.

City of Fairfax Government
09/25/2020

City of Fairfax Government

Watch "One Woman Against A Nation" tomorrow (9/26) on Cityscreen-12.
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

09/11/2020
City of Fairfax Government

Lots to do - Our suffrage program on Sunday is highlighted - check out all the City is up to!

Fairfax City Minute - September 10, 2020
Can you help us Stuff the Bus with donated food items to help Fairfax families in need? This Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, a CUE Bus will be at Van Dyck Park, 3720 Old Lee Highway.
Fairfax City Restaurant Week runs September 13 - 20. Details: FairfaxCityRestaurantWeek.com.
The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Second Sunday Program will be about the Occoquan Suffrage Prisoners. Please note, the event begins at 2 pm at City Hall or watch live on Cityscreen-12 or the livestream at Fairfaxva.gov.
Get the scoop on Fairfax City events, arts, programs and parks in the Fall 2020 edition of Parks & Rec Connected.
There are still some openings available in the Fairfax City Connected Care, School-age Child Care & Virtual Learning Center. Visit Fairfaxva.gov to learn more!
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation
#StufftheBus
#FairfaxCityRestaurantWeek

National Woman's Party
08/26/2020

National Woman's Party

Today marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment became law, finally securing in the U.S. Constitution a woman’s right to vote after more than 70 years of struggle by generations of women across the country.

National Woman’s Party (NWP) founders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, along with countless brave and committed people from across the country, helped accomplish this achievement. And they did so by pursuing innovative tactics and strategies—marching, organizing, lobbying, holding politicians accountable, and picketing the White House—the first organization in history to do so.

They persisted, even during World War I, when many believed it unpatriotic to criticize President Woodrow Wilson during war time. It was this commitment to purpose that led to their arrest, imprisonment, and even an effort to declare Alice Paul insane. In protest of their treatment, many went on hunger strikes and endured brutal force feedings that left them with long-term health issues.

The suffrage movement, like the country, was impelled by and tolerated racism, despite the leadership and participation of many Black women, including Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and members of the Delta Sigma Alpha sorority. And after ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, voting rights were not evenly given. It would be decades before Black and Native American women achieved those rights. Still today, voter suppression and assaults against women’s basic rights remain a threat that disproportionately impact women of color.

The story is told at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, DC.

Alice Paul said that the 19th Amendment vote was a means to an end and the real goal was equality. In 1923, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment, and for the next 50 years, the NWP worked to overturn legal discrimination at the local, state, national and international levels.

Today, activists across the country and the globe are raising their voices, working to take the next leap forward for justice and equality for all.

Our foremothers from 100 years ago would no doubt be proud.

Onward!

08/20/2020
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

Meet #FairfaxCity community leaders & activists celebrating the centennial of #WomanSuffrage by telling us what #voting means to them.

The #19thAmendment, certified on August 26, 1920, prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of s*x. The amendment did not automatically bestow #equality on all voters, but it was an important first step toward #womensequality .

As we approach #WomensEqualityDay on August 26, follow us to hear more from these community leaders and activists — and visit fairfaxva.gov/suffrage for other opportunities to celebrate #WomensVote100 .
City of Fairfax Commission for Women Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center

Today is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.
08/18/2020

Today is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.

100 years today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, forever protecting a women's right to vote. This monumental act didn't happen easily but occurred when a generation of courageous women believed the sacrifices were worth guaranteeing a woman's right to vote. We should never take our voting rights for granted. Ladies, in this election year, look around. As a society, we have more work to do.

Great to have a visit from Abigail Hillerich of WDVM to see the Suffrage Exhibit 'We Demand"! City of Fairfax Government...
08/13/2020
Fairfax City Museum showcases a suffrage centennial celebration exhibit

Great to have a visit from Abigail Hillerich of WDVM to see the Suffrage Exhibit 'We Demand"! City of Fairfax Government Abigail Hillerich WDVM

FAIRFAX CITY Va. (WDVM) — The Fairfax City Museum is showcasing a suffrage exhibit to recognize the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. On August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment was add…

07/31/2020
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

Fairfax City Minute - July 30, 2020
Here's whats's happening around Fairfax City . . .
Kidz Korner on Saturday; tickets on sale for the City of Fairfax Theatre Company's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary events in August; and the SolarizeNOVA campaign is on!
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
Solarize Northern Virginia

YAY - we’re open again! Despite the technical difficulty of our elevator not working , we are ready to welcome those tha...
07/14/2020

YAY - we’re open again! Despite the technical difficulty of our elevator not working , we are ready to welcome those that can access stairs. Come see the exhibit “We Demand”, on loan from the Library of Virginia. Open daily 11am- 4pm. City of Fairfax Government

Preparations are in full swing - re-opening announcement coming soon !
07/01/2020

Preparations are in full swing - re-opening announcement coming soon !

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The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open 9-5, 7 days a week, and admission is FREE. (Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.) The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popular Second Sunday series. The Visitor Center stocks maps and information about sites and special events throughout Virginia and the D.C. area. The Museum is the flagship for the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, which also includes: Historic Blenheim & the Civil War Interpretive Center - 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax open Tuesday- Saturday 10 AM -3 PM, with a guided tour at 1 pm - FREE Front Desk: (703)591-0560 The Ratcliffe-Allison House - 10386 Main St. Fairfax open Saturdays 11 AM-2 PM April through October, and City special events - FREE Guided group tours and educational programs for students, scouts, and adults are available by reservation at all of our sites.

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