Fairfax County Celebrates Anniversary - 275 Years
Before Fairfax County was a county, the population was largely comprised of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans called the Taux or Dogue. Fairfax was part of Prince William County until 1742, when the northern part of Prince William was broken off to form Fairfax….that is 275 years ago. A second split occurred fifteen years later when the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax became Loudoun.
During 2017, Fairfax County is planning to mark its anniversary with events celebrating her history. According to the organizers at Visit Fairfax, “The signature celebration will take place on June 17, 2017 in the area surrounding the historic courthouse in central Fairfax. That day you'll find a myriad of events, historical organizations, entertainment, living history, performances, and hands-on family friendly activities - all free, and open to the public.”
This celebration will encourage county residents to contemplate the changes that have occurred over the past 275 years as Fairfax County has evolved from a farming community, to a suburban bedroom community of the District of Columbia, to a satellite of Tyson Corners, into our present day combination of urban areas.
In anticipation of this Anniversary Celebration, the Visit Fairfax Organization is planning ways in which this celebration will be the most meaningful including a visit from Lord Nicholas Fairfax himself, a descendent of Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693-1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck area of the County. For more information about this celebration, you can visit their website at www.fxva.com/275 (1)
At this site you will find information on touring historic homes sites and a listing of historical roadside markers awaiting your exploration. There is also, “A Brief History of Fairfax County” written by Douglas Sweig in 1995. If you are
interested in learning more about the rich history of this county, sign up for a free visitors guide, also offered at www.fxva.com/275
Nicholas John Albert Fairfax, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (born 4 January 1956) is the current (as of 2015) holder of the title of Lord Fairfax of Cameron, succeeding his father, Thomas Fairfax, 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.
Nicholas John Albert Fairfax was born 4 January 1956, the eldest son of Thomas Fairfax, 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1923–1964) and his wife, Sonia Helen Gunston. Fairfax was educated at Eton and Downing College, Cambridge (LLB in International Law), is a barrister and was called to the Bar following becoming a member of Gray's Inn. (2)
(1) Excerpts from A Brief History of Fairfax County by Douglas Sweig
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