Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Official Page of The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, administered by City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources. As of July 14 2020 - The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open 11-4, 7 days a week, and admission is FREE.

(Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.) The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popular Second Sunday series. The Visitor Center stocks maps and information about sites and special events throughout Virginia and the D.C. area. The Museum is the flagship for the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, which also includes: Historic Blenheim & the Civil War Interpretive Center - 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax open Tuesday- Saturday 11 AM -3 PM Front Desk: (703)591-0560 The Ratcliffe-Allison House - 10386 Main St. Fairfax TEMPORARILY CLOSED (was open Saturdays 11 AM-2 PM April through October, and City special events - FREE ) Guided group tours and educational programs for students, scouts, and adults are available by reservation at all of our sites.

Operating as usual

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So much great City info - including our Laid to Rest talk from Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center!

Fairfax City Minute - October 22, 2020
#FairfaxCity offers wastewater bill payment assistance for qualifying Fairfax City residents impacted by #COVID19. Watch @FairfaxCityTheatreCompany present Cabaret TONIGHT at 7 pm on Cityscreen-12 or watch on fairfaxva.gov, click on the 12 on the bottom of the homepage. Explore "virtually" the known and unknown burials at Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center. Enter the Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. Early voting at City Hall for City of Fairfax registered voters, Monday-Saturday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Information: fairfaxva.gov/vote.

They’re Here! The annual White House Historical Association Christmas ornament ( featuring JFK) is available for $22.

[10/17/20]   OUR CURRENT HOURS
11am - 4 pm
7 days a week
(closed certain holidays)

The big sycamore tree, which has long shaded the park behind our Museum. has died. Please see below for how to send in your memories, and news of what's next!

After providing shade to playground users and picnickers for many years, the stately sycamore tree at Ratcliffe Park has died. The beloved tree has stood there since the time when the park was still the “new” Fairfax Elementary School.

A crew began removing limbs today to ensure the safety of park visitors, but the tree may have a second life as a public art piece. The Commission on the Arts is working with an artist to carve a sculpture from the remaining trunk. The artist is preparing a sketch that will reflect the park’s history. In addition to the sculpture, some of the wood will be used to make guitars.

If you have memories or stories about the tree, please share them at [email protected].

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The Occoquan Suffrage Prisioners - September 13, 2020

Second Sunday "Local Suffrage Stories" program today has been postponed - new date TBD. To tide you over, here is a replay from last month's program in case you missed it!

Alice Reagan, Associate Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College shares the story of the suffragists arrested for protesting in front of the...

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Thank you and please share to encourage others to take the survey as well!

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[09/26/20]   Fairfax Musuem will be
CLOSED
Saturday September 26.

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Watch "One Woman Against A Nation" tomorrow (9/26) on Cityscreen-12.
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Lots to do - Our suffrage program on Sunday is highlighted - check out all the City is up to!

Fairfax City Minute - September 10, 2020
Can you help us Stuff the Bus with donated food items to help Fairfax families in need? This Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, a CUE Bus will be at Van Dyck Park, 3720 Old Lee Highway.
Fairfax City Restaurant Week runs September 13 - 20. Details: FairfaxCityRestaurantWeek.com.
The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Second Sunday Program will be about the Occoquan Suffrage Prisoners. Please note, the event begins at 2 pm at City Hall or watch live on Cityscreen-12 or the livestream at Fairfaxva.gov.
Get the scoop on Fairfax City events, arts, programs and parks in the Fall 2020 edition of Parks & Rec Connected.
There are still some openings available in the Fairfax City Connected Care, School-age Child Care & Virtual Learning Center. Visit Fairfaxva.gov to learn more!
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#StufftheBus
#FairfaxCityRestaurantWeek

National Woman's Party

Today marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment became law, finally securing in the U.S. Constitution a woman’s right to vote after more than 70 years of struggle by generations of women across the country.

National Woman’s Party (NWP) founders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, along with countless brave and committed people from across the country, helped accomplish this achievement. And they did so by pursuing innovative tactics and strategies—marching, organizing, lobbying, holding politicians accountable, and picketing the White House—the first organization in history to do so.

They persisted, even during World War I, when many believed it unpatriotic to criticize President Woodrow Wilson during war time. It was this commitment to purpose that led to their arrest, imprisonment, and even an effort to declare Alice Paul insane. In protest of their treatment, many went on hunger strikes and endured brutal force feedings that left them with long-term health issues.

The suffrage movement, like the country, was impelled by and tolerated racism, despite the leadership and participation of many Black women, including Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and members of the Delta Sigma Alpha sorority. And after ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, voting rights were not evenly given. It would be decades before Black and Native American women achieved those rights. Still today, voter suppression and assaults against women’s basic rights remain a threat that disproportionately impact women of color.

The story is told at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, DC.

Alice Paul said that the 19th Amendment vote was a means to an end and the real goal was equality. In 1923, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment, and for the next 50 years, the NWP worked to overturn legal discrimination at the local, state, national and international levels.

Today, activists across the country and the globe are raising their voices, working to take the next leap forward for justice and equality for all.

Our foremothers from 100 years ago would no doubt be proud.

Onward!

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Meet #FairfaxCity community leaders & activists celebrating the centennial of #WomanSuffrage by telling us what #voting means to them.

The #19thAmendment, certified on August 26, 1920, prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The amendment did not automatically bestow #equality on all voters, but it was an important first step toward #womensequality .

As we approach #WomensEqualityDay on August 26, follow us to hear more from these community leaders and activists — and visit fairfaxva.gov/suffrage for other opportunities to celebrate #WomensVote100 .
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Today is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.

100 years today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, forever protecting a women's right to vote. This monumental act didn't happen easily but occurred when a generation of courageous women believed the sacrifices were worth guaranteeing a woman's right to vote. We should never take our voting rights for granted. Ladies, in this election year, look around. As a society, we have more work to do.

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Fairfax City Museum showcases a suffrage centennial celebration exhibit

Great to have a visit from Abigail Hillerich of WDVM to see the Suffrage Exhibit 'We Demand"! City of Fairfax Government Abigail Hillerich WDVM

localdvm.com FAIRFAX CITY Va. (WDVM) — The Fairfax City Museum is showcasing a suffrage exhibit to recognize the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. On August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment was add…

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Fairfax City Minute - July 30, 2020
Here's whats's happening around Fairfax City . . .
Kidz Korner on Saturday; tickets on sale for the City of Fairfax Theatre Company's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary events in August; and the SolarizeNOVA campaign is on!
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YAY - we’re open again! Despite the technical difficulty of our elevator not working , we are ready to welcome those that can access stairs. Come see the exhibit “We Demand”, on loan from the Library of Virginia. Open daily 11am- 4pm. City of Fairfax Government

We'll see you Tuesday July 14!

Preparations are in full swing - re-opening announcement coming soon !

The enslaved residents of Fairfax County knew they were emancipated January 1, 1863, long before those in Galveston Texas (who did not hear the news until June 19, 1865.) A number of Fairfax born African-American men went on to enlist in the Union Army. Here is the service record of Thomas Bailey, a coachman, who mustered in on Mason's Island (now Theodore Roosevelt Island) in June of 1863. Image from U.S. Colored Troops, Company Descriptive Book 1865 - courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration - and shown in "The Fairfax Story" at Fairfax Museum. #Juneteenth

Collecting COVID-19 Stories in Fairfax City | City of Fairfax, VA

We want to hear from you! Today's events will be part of tomorrow's history. Help us collect your experiences as primary source material.

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Making a Cup and Ball Toy

Something fun to do for the weekend -make a Cup and Ball!

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Historic Fairfax City Scholarship

Congrats to the Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Scholarship Recipients - Trish Mikell and Nancy Murray of George Mason University!

historyarthistory.gmu.edu Trish Mikell Trish Mikell is a junior History major and Sport and American culture minor. Spring 2020 is her second full-time semester back at...

Did you know we have a special page with activities for you while we are closed? Check out our scavenger hunt, historic building coloring pages, and a beautiful garden map for exploring the Pozer Garden! https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/online-history-activities

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Students Learn and Connect with Quarantine Journals | Fairfax County Public Schools

Primary source documents - such as personal journals - are crucial artifacts for historians studying past events. Did you know Anne Frank's diary, which just started out as a way to express her teenage life, became so much more for a reason?

"In March 1944, Anne heard a radio broadcast from the Dutch minister for education, art and science, who was in exile in London along with other members of the Dutch government. “History cannot be written on the basis of official decisions and documents alone,” he said. “What we really need are ordinary documents—a diary, letters.” Anne wrote about the broadcast in her diary and decided to edit and rewrite it with an aim for publication. " - history.com

This is the time of year we would be welcoming in students at our sites for Spring Field trips, including students from Daniels RunElementary, and we miss interacting with these students. We love what this teacher is doing to have students journal during this time - we hope to read about your thoughts and experiences in the future.

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Need ideas for Mother’s day? Our Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Gift Shop has “curated” a few items Mom may like! For purchase information, see the gift shop page https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/gift-shops – and check out these limited availability items- including a NEW locally made “Northern Virginia“ puzzle! All sales will be contact free (as we are still closed to the public ), and the deadline for Mother’s Day orders is May 7.

Online History Activities | City of Fairfax, VA

Here's a fun activity! Walk down Main Street and try your eye at our architecture scavenger hunt. See the .pdf on our new "Online History Activities" page. Good luck!

fairfaxva.gov Going for a walk down Main Street Fairfax to pick up some carry-out at one of our restaurants? Try this challenging visual three block scavenger hunt along the way!

Looking for a little something to do? How about our locally made Historic City of Fairfax or Historic Blenheim puzzles ? Email [email protected] to arrange a hands free purchase for $10 + tax - we’ll call you for credit over the phone and leave a packaged puzzle for you on the porch.

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The Road to Happiness - February 2012 Fairfax Scene

One of our most popular artifacts is the 1924 silent film "The Road to Happiness" shown in our Fairfax Story exhibit. Grab some popcorn and check out this episode of The Fairfax Scene (Including a description of the restoration techniques used in 2012, and the 1980's introduction narrated by former mayor George Hamill) on the City of Fairfax Government 's Youtube channel.

Enjoy this digitally enhanced silent film The Road to Happiness, originally produced by the Ford Motor Corporation in 1924 and filmed in and around Fairfax C...

Sharing what will be an historic appearance by the Easter Bunny! Check out what Fairfax City Parks and Recreation has planned to be sure the Bunny can get around our City neighborhoods and say hello.

The Bunny is going to make a surprise appearance in Fairfax Neighborhoods! City vehicles will be hopping around town with the Bunny so your family can see him and some of his friends from your own home! 🐰🌸 Get ready to wave at him from your window, door, front patio or yard! 👋

Unfortunately, we can’t go by every house but we will do our best to get by most. If your house is not on the route, you can watch from safely inside your car at the parking lot at Fairfax High School at 10am.

🐰 PDF Map of Route: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/home/showdocument?id=15129

🐰 Parade Times
(Please note these are APPROXIMATE times, please check the bunny tracker on the day off for exact location)
- Fairfax High School - 10:00am
- Pink (Mosby Woods) - 10:20am
- Blue (Cobbdale/Fairchester Woods) - 10:50am
- Yellow (Westmore/Admore) - 11:20am
- Green (Green Acres/Fairfax Square) - 11:50am
- Orange (Little River Hills/Farcroft/Layton Hall) - 12:10pm
- Purple (Old Lee Hill/Country Club Hills) 12:35pm

🐰 Google Map of Route: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10A8nVMIbfGjn2KfP2nplt_yj0nE_MEKP&usp=sharing

🐰 Bunny Location Tracker - Saturday morning we will post a link to track the bunny LIVE on Google Maps

[04/02/20]   Join us 11 am Friday:
Facebook Live sneak peek of the exhibit
“A Material World: Newspaper Photographs of the 1980s”

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UPDATE 3/20
All City of Fairfax Historic Sites are closed to the public until further notice.
Please stay up to date on news via the City of Fairfax website: www.fairfaxva.gov

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Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center

This update applies to all of our City of Fairfax Historic Sites.

UPDATE

All City of Fairfax Historic Sites are closed to the public through March 29. Further opening/closing decisions will be determined by the City prior to March 29.

Based on CDC guidance on group events, all of our public events through April have been cancelled. This includes Fairfax History Day, which will next be held April 24, 2021.

Please stay up to date on news via the City of Fairfax website: www.fairfaxva.gov

[03/16/20]   The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center will be closed 3/16-29. Thank you.

It was terrific welcoming filmmaker Robin Hamilton to Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center to show her film "Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell" for our Second Sunday program. Thanks to all the attendees! (Photo courtesy Chris Cohen)

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The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open 9-5, 7 days a week, and admission is FREE. (Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.) The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popular Second Sunday series. The Visitor Center stocks maps and information about sites and special events throughout Virginia and the D.C. area. The Museum is the flagship for the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, which also includes: Historic Blenheim & the Civil War Interpretive Center - 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax open Tuesday- Saturday 10 AM -3 PM, with a guided tour at 1 pm - FREE Front Desk: (703)591-0560 The Ratcliffe-Allison House - 10386 Main St. Fairfax open Saturdays 11 AM-2 PM April through October, and City special events - FREE Guided group tours and educational programs for students, scouts, and adults are available by reservation at all of our sites.

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Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
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