Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin,
Acting Executive Director

Discover the Tale of a Tail-less Jacket in artiFACTS

spencer coatWas it an accident, practicality or a bet that launched the 19th century clothing style known as the spencer?

In this month’s addition to the artiFACTS website, read about a ladies’ spencer that was used as a family’s dress-up costume for decades before its historic importance was documented by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Which story will you believe about how the clothing style came to be?

Each month, the Park Authority features a different item from its historic collections on the artiFACTS website. Discover what these items reveal about the county’s past. 

The Park Authority’s collections include more than 5,000 historic objects, such as quilts, chairs, baskets, machines and clothing; thousands of archival items, such as photographs, letters, maps, and other documents; and upwards of 3 million artifacts that include archaeological finds, such as spear points and pottery. All come with their own stories to tell. artiFACTS allows us to showcase a small sampling of these treasures to educate, enlighten and entertain. 

For more information about the Park Authority’s Museum Collections, contact Heritage Resource Specialist Megan Leining at 703-631-1429.

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