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Friday, July 06, 2007

Fairfax Stories

If you’re a local history buff and live in Fairfax County, you may want to get hold of Fairfax County Stories: 1607-2007, a recently published anthology of essays on our history. As part of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the public was invited to submit original writings on local historic events over the past four centuries. A panel of judges selected 30 essays to be included in the book. Topics range from “The Ghost of Keene Mill School” to “Nike Missiles in Fairfax County,” “Fairfax County’s Most Famous Duel,” and “Suffragists at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton.”

The 260-page book is now on sale for $10 from the Maps and Publications Center, Fairfax County Government Center, Suite 156, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax; 703-324-2974, TTY 711. Shipping and handling will be charged for books delivered by mail. The book is also on order and will eventually be available at all Fairfax County Public Library branches.

The best resource for Fairfax County history is the Virginia Room located on the third floor of the Fairfax City Regional Library. The Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources. A particular strength is Confederate Civil War military history. Other resources available for use are: maps, an extensive photographic archive, manuscripts, local newspapers, and rare books.

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