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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fairfax County Stories

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 the 30 essays included in the book Fairfax County Stories: 1607-2007. 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.” Listen to an interview of two of the authors by Sam Clay, Director of the Fairfax County Public Library.

This historical anthology is available for $10 in paperback or $25 in hardback. It can be purchased in-person or by phone through the county’s 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 can also be checked out at your local branch of the Fairfax County Public Library.

If you are interested in local history, the following materials are also available at the Fairfax County Public Library:

Fairfax County, Virginia: A History by Nan Netherton

Braddock’s True Gold: 20th Century Life in the Heart of Fairfax by Marion Meany

The Fairfax Family in Fairfax County: A Brief History by Kenton Kilmer

Official Records of the Colonial Period in Fairfax County, VA by the Historical Society of Fairfax County

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