Cultural Resource Management and Protection
James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
Virginia is one of the richest historical areas in all of America. Events that shaped our country's history happened right here in Fairfax County. Traces of that history are all around us, if you know where to look. Documenting and preserving these clues to our past is essential- if we take action now can we preserve these clues for the future generations of people who will live, work, and play in Fairfax County.
The archaeologists of the Cultural Resource Management and Protection team find evidence of Native American life, early exploration, our colonial past, 19th century development and the Civil War, adding to the heritage of the county and the nation. This includes illuminating the history of people who did not necessarily write it for themselves - Native Americans, African Americans, both enslaved and free, women and children, and other ordinary county citizens.
The Cultural Resource Management and Protection offices are housed in the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. In addition to office space for CRMP staff, the James Lee Community Center is home to three labs that are used by staff and volunteers to clean, analyze, and catalog prehistoric and historic artifacts. The center is also home to archival space which contains the county's collection of over three million artifacts, spanning the last 13,000 years of Fairfax County's history.
The Fairfax County Park Authority's Museum Collections are home to:
More than 5,000 museum objects (chairs,
quilts, baskets, machines, clothing)
Thousands of archival items (photographs, maps, letters and other documents)
Upwards of three million artifacts (archaeological discoveries such as spear points, pottery)
They are the stories of Fairfax County.
Visit artiFACTS for select highlights in the collections.
The Cultural Resource
Management and Protection team is made up of full-time
professional archaeologists, contract archaeologists, interns, and
volunteers. Their division is the primary steward of cultural resources
in the county. Cultural resources are defined as physical evidence of
any past human activity identifiable through field survey, historical
documentation, or oral history. These include archaeological sites,
historic buildings, structures, objects or districts, cemeteries, and
The Cultural Resource Protection team has four primary tasks:
1. To inventory, document, protect and interpret historic and archaeological resources on parklands.
2. Conduct development plan review prior to construction so as to be able to document sites prior to development.
3. To participate in the planning process for new and existing parkland to make sure that plans address cultural resources.
4. To educate staff and the public about historic and archaeological resources, their protection and the destruction caused by relic hunting.
To find out more about our goals and vision, download the Cultural Resource Management Plan.
Publications, Presentations and Related SitesPark Authority Historic Sites
Park Authority Museum Collections
Cultural Resource Management Plan
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board adopted its first Cultural Resource Management Plan (CRMP) on April 26, 2006. This plan, shaped in a collaborative effort with various stakeholders, was created to guide the agency in preserving and managing cultural resources on parkland and county-wide over the next five years.
Archaeological Survey Data Form
In order to determine the existing on-site conditions, the following information must be provided to the Cultural Resource Management and Protection Section of the Fairfax County Park Authority prior to submission of any rezoning, development plan, special exception, special permit or variance application that involves 2500 square feet or more of land disturbing activity and where the application property is located wholly or partially within or contiguous to a Historic Overlay District.
Fairfax County History Commission Civil War Commemoration
Fairfax County Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War in Virginia
Civil War Site Inventory (Large File: 3.2MB)
Freedom Hill Fort, Present Day Tysons Corner Area
Ox Hill Battlefield Park
ResOURces Newsletter Articles
Archaeological Society of Virginia