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A fascinating must-see

My husband and I have lived in the DMV area for 30 years and thought we’d covered most of the Civil... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Civil War Home

During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the conflict were desperate to find houses that... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
Vienna, Virginia
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This 1855 estate is most famous for its attic which housed Union soldiers who left drawings on the walls.
3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030-1804
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have lived in the DMV area for 30 years and thought we’d covered most of the Civil War sites but are always looking for more. The Blenheim estate is a hidden gem in an area to which we will return to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the conflict were desperate to find houses that could serve as places where soldiers could convalesce. Blenheim served that purpose during the war. During the restoration, workers found several examples of graffiti written by the soldiers...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

To be up front I’m not a Civil War buff, but I was looking for something to do with my daughter on a beautiful Saturday. History Day was taking place at historic Blenheim so I decided to go. I took a tour of the house...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank FecFam
Reviewed March 30, 2018

We spent a couple of hours here, led by the volunteer host. Learn about the 2 houses built on same site. The tour we took Fridays at 1pm only, was very good - highly recommend as you get to tour the 1st floor as renovation...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank rhut01
Reviewed March 12, 2018

A most interesting and enjoyable tour by our church couples club. Staff were most helpful in arranging our after-hours group tour and efficiently handled our group of 34. This is a most interesting exhibit of civil war graffiti left on the walls by union soldiers...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Alan S
Reviewed December 22, 2017

We enjoyed visiting this beautiful historic home and the well preserved "wall graffiti" of soldier signatures from the civil war

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Not your typical tourist stop—pleasant respite with walking trails, Civil War History and graffiti in the attic. Former dairy farm that fortunately was preserved. Nice gift shop and lecture hall—check their schedule as the Historic Society hosts some very interesting speakers.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Fred K
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Blenheim is a real gem in the City of Fairfax and a testament to the foresight of the city's planners. Previously private property, the estate was bought by the City in the late 1990s and since then the existing buildings (the original attractions) were rehabilitated...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

I stumbled on Blenheim while in Fairfax. This museum is just a few minutes from the center of town. It's a quiet place just a short distance from town. Having never heard of a graffiti house, I found the history fascinating. Union soldiers wrote all...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Meghanizer
Reviewed July 19, 2017

We've been in this area since 2009 and have done all the standard touristy things. Now that we peeled back that layer, we are discovering dozens of hidden gems due to the historic nature of the area. This is one of them. A nice house...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Paul B
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