Planning Division

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Fairfax, VA 22035
Kelly Atkinson

The Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites

Inventory of Historic Sites

The Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites was established in 1969. That same year, the Historical Landmarks Preservation Commission, which had been in operation since 1965, was renamed the History Commission. The History Commission undertook six tasks, the first of which was: "Prepare for publication as soon as compatible with thorough historical, architectural and archaeological research, a classified survey list of sites, areas and structures in Fairfax County."1 This survey list became the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites. Fairfax County hired Nan Netherton as historic research supervisor; Elizabeth David became her assistant. Mrs. Netherton left County employ around 1980 to focus on other history-related projects. Mrs. David remained on the Office of Comprehensive Planning staff as an Historic Preservation Officer until her retirement in 1999. Among her many other accomplishments, Mrs. David co-authored the Fairfax County Heritage Resource Management Plan, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The lists of Inventory sites in the Comprehensive Plan were last updated on February 8, 2018. Properties may have been added to the Inventory since that time and are therefore not yet included in the Comprehensive Plan. Sites appearing on the Inventory of Historic Sites Map have been approved for listing in the county's Comprehensive Plan by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Properties may be added to the Inventory from time to time by the History Commission, and newly listed properties may not appear on this map.

Folders containing information on listed properties are filed in the Planning Division/DPD file room. These files may be used by staff and by the public. Files include summary data forms as well as photographs and other material as available. Properties may be added to the Inventory from time to time by the Fairfax County History Commission. DPD also maintains an extensive Historic Structures file containing information on other historic sites in Fairfax County that are not listed on the Inventory.

1Netherton, Ross and Netherton, Nan. The Preservation of History in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002, pg. 33.

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