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2017 Past Events

275th Fairfax County Anniversary Celebration

Lecture Series and Events

We have a fantastic line up for our 275th Fairfax County Anniversary Celebration Lecture Series and Events!
Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures will be begin at 7:30 PM in the Historic Fairfax Courthouse in Old Town Fairfax.
All lectures are FREE and open to the public. Limited seats; registration required through

MARCH 21      TUESDAY       “History of Fairfax County and George Washington’s Mount Vernon”
Historical Overview of Fairfax County: Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova
Fairfax County 1744 Weights and Measures: 275th Commemoration Chairman Gretchen Bulova
George Washington’s Mount Vernon and navigating diversity: Mount Vernon President Curt Viebranz
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to

APRIL 18         TUESDAY         “Beginning from a White Oak Tree in Fairfax County”
Native American/European Exploration & Settlements: Chris Sperling, Senior Archaeologist, Fairfax County Park Authority
Early Roads and Mills: Debbie Robison, Sully District History Commissioner
George Mason’s Gunston Hall: Scott Stroh, Executive Director
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:

MAY 16         TUESDAY         “History of the Fairfax County Courts & Public Safety”
Fairfax County Circuit Court
Fairfax County Sheriff Department: Sheriff Chief Stacey A. Kincaid
Fairfax County Police: Police Chief Col. Edwin C. Roessler, Jr.; 2nd Lt. Dan Courtney, ret.
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:

MAY 24         WEDNESDAY         “Who was the Fairfax family? The Colonial History of Fairfax County”
TIME: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
COST: $15.00
Jenee Lindner, President, Friends of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse, will present a three hour in-depth discussion about the Fairfax family and the founding of Fairfax County.
REGISTER. Please sign up through or go to:

JUNE 15         THURSDAY         “SPECIAL EVENT: Nicholas Fairfax, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron”
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
LOCATION: Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
Free. Open to the Public. Tickets required. Please sign up through or go to

JUNE 17         SATURDAY         “EVENT: Historically Fairfax: 275th Anniversary Celebration Event”
TIME: 10 am – 4 pm Historic Fairfax Courthouse grounds FREE! No reservation required. Please go to for further information or go to

JUNE 20         TUESDAY         “History of Fairfax County Health & Education”
Fairfax County Health Department: Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Health Department Director
Education in Fairfax County: Susan Gray, City of Fairfax Museum Curator
Legato School, Laurel Grove School: Mary Lipsey, Braddock District History Commissioner
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:
JULY 18         TUESDAY         “If These Walls Could Talk”
Kennedys at Hickory Hill, McLean - A Biography of a House and Those Who Lived There: Carole Herrick, Chairman, Fairfax County History Commissioners
Merrybrook Farm in Herndon: Win Meiselmann, owner
Resident Curatorship Program in Fairfax County
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:
SEPT 19         TUESDAY         “History of Fairfax County’s African American Communities”
Lorton’s African American Community: Ann Barnes, Mount Vernon District History Commissioner
African American Communities in Fairfax County: Dr. Spencer Crew, George Mason University, Professor of History
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:
OCT 17         TUESDAY         “History of George Mason University”
George Mason University today: President Ángel Cabrera
City of Fairfax History and 1st Mayor John Wood: City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer
History of GMU: Robert Vay, GMU Digital Collection and Exhibitions Archivist
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:

NOV 21         TUESDAY         “History of Workhouse Arts Center, Prison, and the Suffragists”
Panel: Ava Spece, Director, Workhouse Arts Center and other panel members
RESERVE A SEAT. Please sign up through or go to:

We have several special bus tours celebrating our 275th Fairfax County Anniversary throughout the year. For more information, go to Fairfax County ParkTakes.

Older Events

Virginia Historical Society/GMU History Department
2016 - Constitutional Rights Bus Tour
2015 - Fairfax County's 11th Annual History Conference
2014 - Inaugural Opening Program at the Historic Fairfax Courthouse
Fairfax County's 12th Annual History Conference
Presentation to our first Gold Corporate Charter Member, the City of Fairfax