Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,

The Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites

Inventory of Historic SitesThe 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.

Instructions for Individual Property Nomination Forms

Instructions for the Individual Property Nomination Form and an example of a successfully completed nomination can be found below.  A good place to begin is to review the nomination form first before starting to fill it out. This will help determine what information is needed to complete the form. You may find it easier to fill out certain parts of the form first, returning to other parts later.

The instruction guide gives detailed guidance on the information requested in the Individual Property Nomination Form. This step-by-step guide follows the nomination form from start to finish, giving examples along the way to illustrate each point. A successful completed nomination form for Dunn Loring Elementary School is available below to further illustrate the concepts in the instruction guide. This example provides notations in the margins to point out how information requested in the nomination form is addressed.

Individual Property Nomination Form Instructions

Individual Property Nomination Form Example - Dunn Loring Elementary School

District Nomination Form Example - Tinner Hill


Additional Information

Inventory of Historic Sites Informational Brochure

Inventory of Historic Sites FAQs


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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