buildings and neighborhoods in Fairfax County are part of Fairfax
County’s "heritage resources" and are economic and social
investments that pay dividends.
Many historic buildings and archaeological sites are found
throughout Fairfax County. 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
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.
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.
Inventory of Historic
A catalog of historically significant sites within Fairfax
The Fairfax County History Commission, established in 1969,
helps identify, document, record, and preserve our county's
History Commission Historical Roadside Markers
Cemeteries of Fairfax
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.
Curator Program Implementation Study
An implementation study supporting the establishment of a
Resident Curator Program (RCP) in Fairfax County is complete.
RCPs identify publicly-owned historic properties with no
immediate or practical public use and through an open and
competitive process, select outside parties with skills,
resources and vision to rehabilitate a property in accordance
with accepted preservation standards for historic buildings.