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 How Kids Made History at Ash Grove in artiFACTS

marbleChildren can be easily overlooked in history, but this month’s addition to the artiFACTS website provides a glimpse into the lives of kids in Fairfax County more than 100 years ago.

Learn what archeologists discovered hiding under a brick floor on the historic Ash Grove property that was once owned by a member of the family that gave Fairfax County its name.

A restoration project took an unexpected turn when a popular toy of the early 1900s was found buried in sand. Turn to artiFACTS this month to get the full story. If you ever played with a shooter, cat’s eye or aggie, you might discover your own connection to the 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 or at

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