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“if you're interested in Civil War history...”
Review of Blenheim

Blenheim
Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Fairfax
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Owner description: This 1855 estate is most famous for its attic which housed Union soldiers who left drawings on the walls.
Reviewed May 20, 2012

This restored home has a small museum and interpretive signs all in the heart of Fairfax. Gives a nice glimpse into a family's history and a house's role in the war. And it's free...

6  Thank Jo C
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

Blenheim offers visitors a look at Civil War grafitti written by wounded soldiers housed in the historic home. Because of fire safety regulations, you can't visit the actual upstairs rooms and attic where the grafitti appears. However, the onsite interpretive center features full-size photo images of the grafitti as well as helpful commentary, giving visitors a look into the personal thoughts and feelings of men caught up in the war and fighting pain and boredom while recuperating. This area is also the site of Civil War re-enactments featuring authentically garbed and equipped volunteers who turn their love of history into a living history lesson for visitors.

11  Thank sailingboat
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

I visited this historic site with a friend. It is free to visit, and there are free guided tours led by volunteers. It is an interesting site, and the Civil War soldier graffiti is worth the look. You will get more out of this visit if you are somewhat educated on Civil War history. The tour guides are volunteers, and not really very informative, so don't expect to learn much from the tour. Their job is more to escort you thru the property. We were only allowed on the first floor of the house, but the reproduction of the attic in the visitor center is the main attraction. You cannot see this actual part of the house on the tour due to instability of the home. You can see the entire site in less than one hour.

3  Thank Tessa C
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

This unassuming farmhouse contains a treasure trove of over 100 original signatures and pieces of graffiti drawn by union soldiers during the Cival War. While being treated for wounds and sickness, many soldiers left their names and drawings (some a bit risque) in the attic and other walls of the farmhouse. Some have only recently been revealed through the painstaking process of the removal of 8 layers of paint and wallpaper. Hilde, our guide, was very pleasant and informative as she led us over the grounds to visit the learning center (which can be rented), Grandma Farr's Cottage, and family cemetary.

5  Thank dino328gtb
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