This historic city derives its name from Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, who was awarded five million acres of land in Northern Virginia by King Charles. The area where the city is now located was first settled by farmers migrating from Virginia's Tidewater region for religious and economic reasons in the early 1700s. Although the small community was originally known as Earp’s Corner and then, in 1805, named “Town of Providence,” it was commonly called “Fairfax Court House” due to its proximity to the county court. It was officially renamed the “Town of Fairfax” in 1874 and was incorporated as the “City of Fairfax” in 1961. This final name-change can be attributed to its enormous population growth during the 1950s – an almost 700% increase!
Visitors to Fairfax today have a wide variety of fun and interesting activities to choose from. One of the best places to visit soon after arriving in town is the Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff provides helpful information – including maps and pamphlets -- about the city and the surrounding region. Housed in the former Fairfax Elementary School, the 1873 building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as are numerous other structures in the city. Walking tours of historic sites are offered, and an interesting array of architectural styles can be seen while touring them. Additional intriguing landmarks include the National Firearms Museum, theaters and performing-arts centers, art galleries, stores, and boutiques. Restaurants and taverns welcome guests to enjoy a delicious meal and a refreshing drink. People of all ages enjoy several festivals throughout the year, including the Chocolate Lovers Festival, Rock the Block!, the Fall Festival, and the Festival of Lights & Carols.
When you have the chance, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the charming city of Fairfax. Hotels in the area allow you to stay conveniently close by to where you want to be. When you stay at Choice Hotels, you can enjoy affordable rates, many amenities, and friendly service. We look forward to hosting you soon! Reserve your room today!
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