Fairfax County Historic Preservation and Heritage Resources

Historic PreservationOlder 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. 

Historic Stewardship

Architectural Review Board (ARB) - 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.
History Commission - The Fairfax County History Commission, established in 1969, helps identify, document, record, and preserve our county's history.
Preservation Easements - Conserving open space and historic resources through easements.
Historic Overlay Districts - 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 Sites -  A catalog of historically significant sites within Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Historic and Heritage Resources and Information

Fairfax County 275th Anniversary   |  A Brief History of Fairfax County
Fairfax County Historic Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places
Fairfax County Historic Sites on the National Register of Historic Landmarks
Fairfax County Park Authority Historic Sites
Virginia Historical Highway Markers in Fairfax County
Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Markers
The Virginia Room - Fairfax County Public Library's Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy.
Circuit Court Historical Records  |  Historical Newspaper Index  |  Cemeteries of Fairfax County  
Resident Curator Program Implementation Study  |  Minor's Hill House Documentation

Interactive Story Maps

Select any of the icons below to take an interactive tour of historic sites in Fairfax County.

FairfaxCounty National Register Sites Tour Historic Buildings Tour  Fairfax Markers Tour Virginia Markers Tour

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