Party Like It’s 1742: Celebrate 275 Years of History June 17

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Get ready to party like its 1742.

We’re holding a free, family friendly fair on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County’s founding.

The event will be held at the county’s Historic Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Parking is available at Garage B, 10550 Page Ave., between West Street and Judicial Drive.

The festival will feature entertainment and information from more than 80 organizations, museums and historic sites and groups, including:

  • Children’s crafts and activities
  • Historically themed exhibits
  • Live musical performances
  • Antique fire and police vehicles
  • Guest speakers and presentations, including by Lord Fairfax, our honored guest from England
  • Re-enactors and living history demonstrations
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Meet the 14th Lord Fairfax

It’s not only reenactors who will be bringing history to life. Come meet Nicholas Fairfax, the present day 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. Lord Fairfax is the direct descendant of Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax, from whom the county gets its name. Nicholas Fairfax will make opening remarks, as well as give talks throughout the day.

Lord Fairfax


Meet Historic Figures, Watch Reenactors in Action

The fair also features an interactive, living-history encampment surrounding the courthouse. George Washington and George Mason will be present, along with Abe Lincoln. There also will be more than 13 historical reenactment groups from the Revolutionary to Civil Wars participating on June 17. Highlights include:

The British Brigade will be decamp to reenact the lives of the men and women who served the crown during the revolution.


Female Re-Enactors of Distinction, a troupe founded in association with the African American Civil War Museum that portrays historic black women.

Introducing the ladies of FREED. #CIVILWAR

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The Civil War Balloon Corps will demonstrate military ballooning for both the Union and Confederate Armies.


See George Washington’s Will

During the fair, you’ll be able to get an up-close view of original historic documents that the county owns. This includes George Washington’s 29-page will—that likely has the most Washington signatures on any single document in world.

George Washington's Will


Celebrations Continue in 2017

If you can’t attend the June 17 fair, the celebration continues through 2017 with many other exhibits, performance and talks , including:

  • Starting July 14, catch a performance of “The Complete History of Fairfax: The Musical!” It showcases Fairfax County’s hidden history in 60 minutes.
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