Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Historic Blenheim is a central-hall plan brick farmhouse built just prior to the Civil War and is nationally significant for the more than 120 signatures, art, games, thoughts, and poetry left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area. Students can explore the Fairfax history exhibition. The Civil War Interpretive Center at further interprets the site's history and the Civil War in the greater Fairfax area. Students can view its exhibition gallery with illustrated timeline of Civil War events, replica of the graffiti-filled attic, and more. Also on the grounds is Grandma's Cottage, which dates to c.1840. Guided tours for students and scout groups are available for a fee.

Contact Info
Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. City of Fairfax. Tel: 703-385-8415. Email: Susan.gray@fairfaxva.gov. Website: www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/civil-war-interpretive-center. Hrs: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 3PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-college. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 min. Cost: Fee.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

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