Founded in 1742, Fairfax County was named after landowner Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.
This weekend, Lord Fairfax — the 14th, to be exact — is coming back. Lord Nicholas Fairfax, a direct descendant of the county’s name-bearer, will be the guest of honor during Fairfax County’s 275th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area of the historic Fairfax County Courthouse (4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax).
Lord Fairfax’s visit is just one of many items on the jam-packed schedule for the celebration. Among other items on the agenda:
- Over 80 county historical sites and organizations, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, all Fairfax County Park Authority historical attractions, Fort Belvoir, the Fairfax County History Commission and the Workhouse Arts Center
- Three entertainment areas with performances and family-friendly activities
- Various living history encampments and interactive storytelling
- Historic Fairfax Courthouse tours and talks
- Children’s activity area with different craft and project opportunities
- A petting zoo
- Antique service vehicles on display from county first responder agencies
- Historical plaque dedication honoring Revolutionary War soldiers from Fairfax County
Both admission and parking at the event, which is scheduled to be held rain or shine, will be free. Food trucks will be available.
Opportunities to volunteer at the event are still available.