buildings and neighborhoods in Fairfax County are part of Fairfax
County's "heritage resources" and are economic and social
investments that pay dividends. These sites and buildings
also tell the history of the built environment in the county, which
includes Native American hunting camps and long-term settlements, the
tidewater plantations of George Washington and George Mason, Civil
and Spanish-American War campsites and training grounds, as well as
the 20th century planned town of Reston and its 19th century
counterpart Dunn Loring. Recording, preserving, and studying this
evidence enriches the quality of life in Fairfax County by putting
residents in touch with their heritage, providing residents and
property owners with a sense of temporal stability and continuity,and
instilling in both young and old a loyalty and commitment to place
and community. This public stewardship responsibility has been
recognized for over thirty years and continues today.
In 1969, the Board of Supervisors amended the Zoning
Ordinance creating thirteen Historic Overlay Districts to
provide regulations over and above the regular zoning
protection.to better protect those unique areas, sites, and
buildings that are of special architectural, historic, or
archaeological value to local residents and visitors.
Inventory of Historic
A catalog of historically significant sites within Fairfax
Historic Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the
National Register of Historic Places
Historic Sites on the National Register of Historic
County Park Authority Historic Sites
Highway Markers in Fairfax County
County History Commission Historical Roadside Markers
Architectural Review Board
The ARB is responsible for public interest(s) as embodied in the
Historic Overlay District Ordinance. Its job is to protect and
enhance the resources that give a district its historic,
architectural, or archaeological significance.
The Fairfax County History Commission, established in 1969,
helps identify, document, record, and preserve our county's
Conserving open space and historic resources through easements.
The Fairfax County Public Library's Virginia Room maintains a
collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as
local and state government information and legal resources.
Archives and Records