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Fairfax County was formed in 1742, from the northern part of Prince William County. It was named for Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, proprietor of the Northern Neck. The oldest settlements in Fairfax County were located along the Potomac River. George Washington Settled in Fairfax County and built his home, Mount Vernon, facing the river.
The home of George Mason, Gunston hall, is located nearby. Modern Fort Belvoir is partly located on the estate of Belvoir Manor, built by William Fairfax, along the Potomac. The only member of British nobility to ever reside in the colonies, Thomas Fairfax, lived at Belvoir before he moved to the Shenandoah Valley. The Belvoir mansion was destroyed by fire right after the Revolutionary War in 1783.
Located near Washington D C, Fairfax County was important in the Civil War. The Battle of Chantilly, or Ox Hill, during the same campaign as the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, was fought in this county. Bull Run is located on the border between Fairfax and Prince William County. For most of the Civil War, Union troops occupied the county although the majority of the people remained sympathetic to the Confederacy.
Clifton - Herndon - Vienna
Falls Church - Fairfax (County Seat)
UNINCORPORATED CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES
Annandale - Bailey's Crossroads - Belle Haven - Burke - Centreville - Chantilly - Dunn Loring
Fort Belvoir - Fort Hunt - Franconia - Great Falls - Groveton - Huntingdon - Hybla Valley
Idylwood - Jefferson - Lake Barcroft - Lincolnia - Lorton - Mantua - McLean - Merrifield - Mount Vernon
Newington - North Springfield - Oakton - Pimmit Hills - Reston - Rose Hill - Seven Corners
Springfield - Tysons Corner - West Springfield - Wolf Trap
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