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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Local History

About 50 sites in Fairfax County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These range from nationally known landmarks such as Mt. Vernon to lesser known sites, such as Oak Hill in Annandale, the 29 Diner in Fairfax and Pohick Church in Lorton.

To learn more about our local heritage, history buffs can find a wealth of information in the library’s Virginia Room located on the 2nd floor of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax 22030-2514. In addition to a special collection of books on local history topics, there are old telephone books, city directories, a History Index, as well as documents such as the 1930 Census of Virginia and Washington, D.C., maps, a photography collection, military history sources and much, much more.

Also, Fairfax County recently published Fairfax Stories: 1607-2007 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. You can hear some of the contributors share their stories at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Woodrow Wilson Library 6101 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041-1798:

Fairfax County African-American Stories. Conversation Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross and authors Houston Summers, Keith Mann and Deborah Nagy. Adults.

Are you a local history buff? Do you have an interesting bit of local lore to share?

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