Department of Planning and Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our offices are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
703-324-1380 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Tracy Strunk

Historic Preservation and Heritage Resources

Mount Vernon

Older 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 Resources Surveys & Reports

African American Historic Resources Survey and Report - Fairfax County African American resources were surveyed as part of a Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ (VDHR) survey program. The survey looked at properties associated with African American history in Fairfax County. 

Reston Historic Resources Survey and Report - Preservationists surveyed Reston in 2020 as part of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Survey. The survey covered all of Reston except the land within the existing Lake Anne Historic Overlay District.

Midcentury Modern Historic Resources Survey and Report - Midcentury Modern architecture across Fairfax County will be documented by a historic resource survey in the spring and summer of 2023. 

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