The city of Fairfax offers a wonderful mix of experiences for travelers seeking something different. The city of Fairfax is known for its Festivals, which celebrate our heritage and culture from Chocolate Lover's in February to Independence Day to carols at Christmas time. Many of the city's historic sites played a significant role in the shaping of our nation, and the historic walking tour features these, as well as many of the charming shops and art galleries available to visitors.

Green Acre Center
4401 Sideburn Road, Suite 120
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-352-2787
www.fairfaxva.gov

Sights in the historic City of Fairfax and exhibits in the Fairfax Museum outline the rich history of the area, with special emphasis on the Civil War. Included in the museum is an exhibit on the nearby battlefield where the Battle of Chantilly was fought in September 1862. Constructed in 1873, the building that houses the museum is the first two-story brick schoolhouse ever built in Fairfax City of Fairfax County.

10209 Main Street
City of Fairfax, VA 22030

The National Rifle Association's National Firearms Museum houses one of the most extensive firearms collections in the country. The spacious facility offers visitors the chance to view more than 2,000 historic firearms displayed in 13 permanent galleries. Exhibits span the history of handheld firearms--from mid 14th century guns to the latest in sporting rifles, shotguns and pistols.

11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-1600
www.nrahq.org/museum

Confederate Cemetary Monument 

 

10563 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Large markers denote the graves of known and unknown Confederate dead. During the Civil War, the cemetery was the site of a Union stockade.

Fairfax County Courthouse

4000 Chaingbridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030 

This building, often seen in Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, was used as a Union signal post and headquarters throughout the war. The court house is still used as an annex to the modern judicial center.