This year Fairfax County is celebrating their 275 year anniversary with events across the region for just about anyone. You don't need to be necessarily be a fan of history to celebrate- everyone enjoys an excuse for a good time.
Fairfax was founded in 1742 by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. He was the only member of the British nobility ever to reside in the colonies. It was the first U.S. county to reach a six-figure median household income and has the second highest median household income of any local jurisdiction in the U.S. Headquarters to C.I.A., N.R.O, and the Office of the National Intelligence. Although the area was settled prior to the 1700's, it was recorded to be inhabited by the Algonquin speaking peoples as early as 1608 by the Europeans. George Washington built Mount Vernon and George Mason built Gunston Hall in Fairfax County.
Huntley Meadows Park
If you have a naturalist spirit, check out Huntley Meadows Park. They have a half-mile, wetland boardwalk trail with an observation tower, you may have a chance to see rare birds such as the American Bitterns or Virginia Rails. Besides the flying type of wildlife, you can have a chance to observe muskrats, beavers, dragonflies and a wide range of reptiles. A free event is offered on May 7th, the Huntley Meadows Park Wetlands Awareness Day.
Springfest at Sully is on April 29th. Sully's historic house is located by Dulles Airport. It was the original home of the first congressman of Northern Virginia. So the celebration will include family friendly games, pony rides, bounce houses, touch-a-truck and farm animals.
Hunter Mill Road Historical Corridor
On May 13th, a local historian takes you on a personal tour with Hunter Mill Road- which was the main road northward from Fairfax Court House during the Civil War by both forces- Union and Confederate. Jim Lewis shows you the encampments, marching grounds, mill locations and old roads. Confederate earthworks still remain- trenches, rifle pits, fox holes and artillery positions.
Wolf Run Shoals & Fairfax Station
Jim Lewis and Brian McEnany on Saturday, May 27th will lead a group for the tour of Washington-Rochambeau Road that George Washington oversaw the building of in 1781 for travel to the Battle of Yorktown. There is also the Mason-Dixon Line from early years of the Civil War along with Union fornication.
Hey Maties- join for the Pirate Fest located at Lake Fairfax Park. Admission is $10 during the weekend of 6-7 May. This lakeside festival celebrates Virginia's seafaring and port-trading past. Food, fun, music, markets and more. Sign up for the pirate fest paddle boat race- races run every 30 minutes.
Bluebells at the Bend Festival
On Saturday 15 April at the Riverbend Parkl celebrate the Virginia bluebells that carpet the early spring forest. Come enjoy wildflower walks, live music, face painting, live animals, moon bounce and crafts.
On the 29th of April, at the 17th annual Fairfax Civil War Day, Blenheim offers hayrides, camps, house graffiti tours. Meet Lee, Mosby, Clara Barton and others. Just bear in mind there is no parking at the site, free shuttle is offered from Fairfax High School.
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