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The City of Fairfax is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2014, the population was 24,483.
The City of Fairfax is an enclave within Fairfax County. However, Fairfax County is a separate political entity. The City of Fairfax, and the area immediately surrounding the historical border of the City of Fairfax, also officially designated by Fairfax County as "Fairfax," both comprise the county seat of Fairfax County.
The city derives its name from Thomas Fairfax, sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron, who was awarded 5 million acres of land located in Northern Virginia by King Charles. The area the City of Fairfax now encompasses was settled in the early 18th century by farmers from Virginia's Tidewater region. The town was established as the Town of Providence by an act of the state Legislature in 1805.
The town (then described as a village) was the scene of the first land battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Fairfax courthouse (June 1861). On June 1, 1861, a Union scouting party clashed with the local militia, though neither side gained an advantage. A second battle was waged two years later on June 27, 1863. At the Battle of Fairfax courthouse (June 1863), Union troops were defeated. However, the battle delayed the movements of Confederate cavalry chief Jeb Stuart, with disastrous consequences for Lee at Gettysburg a few days later.
Fairfax was officially renamed the Town of Fairfax in 1874. It was incorporated as a city in 1961, and under Virginia law was separated from Fairfax County (though it remains the county seat.
In 1904, a trolley line was built connecting Fairfax with Washington, D.C.
Situated in Northern Virginia, Fairfax is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fairfax is 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Washington, D.C. Washington Metro's Orange Line serves Fairfax through its Vienna Station. CUE Bus and Metrobus operate in Fairfax.
Fairfax, Virginia, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 7 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 198 sunny days per year in Fairfax, Virginia. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Fairfax acts as a major terminal and hub for the people of Virginia. Even with its modest population, it feels like a miniature robust metropolitan.
Golfsmith – 11052 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (571) 432-0790
Guitar Center – 11051 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 934-8838
Nature's Yarns – 11212 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 273-3596
Total Wine & More – 9484 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 – (703) 250-0604
It always seems as if everyone is coming and going with places to go, people to see and things to do. Take a break and have a bite to eat, why don’t you?
Artie's – 3260 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 273-7600
Pad Thai Restaurant – 11199 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 591-2525
Bellissimo Restaurant – 10403 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 293-2367
Bollywood Bistro – 3955 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 273-0031
If you thought the nightlife in Fairfax was boring – think again! You’re in for a treat as you make your way through this hustlin’ bustlin’ town!
Red Zone Grill – 10560 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 865-5338
The Auld Shebeen – 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 293-9600
The Revolution Darts & Billiards – 9687 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 385-7529
Hooters – 10334 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 359-5850
The public schools in the City of Fairfax are owned by the city but administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools system under a contractual agreement with Fairfax County. U.S. News & World Report often ranks Fairfax County schools among the best in the country.
City of Fairfax schools includes Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle School, Daniels Run Elementary School, Providence Elementary School, Mosby Woods Elementary School (which is a magnet school) and Fairfax Academy.
Lanier Middle School – 3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 934-2400
Fairfax High School – 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 219-2200
Daniels Run Elementary School – 3705 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 279-8400
Mosby Woods Elementary School – 9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 – (703) 937-1600
The fact that the national capital is so close is quickly forgotten on a day trip in Fairfax! There’s so much to keep everyone occupied!
National Firearms Museum – 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (703) 267-1600
Ox Hill Battlefield Park – 4134 West Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033 – (703) 324-8702
Lake Accotink – Reservoir in Virginia
Burke Lake – Reservoir in Virginia with freshwater fishing
Pohick Creek – Tributary in Virginia, feeding from the mouth of the Potomac River
Experience the great outdoors as our ancestors did 200 years ago! With plenty of camping, fishing and more, you’ll have an adventure like no other right here in Fairfax, Virginia!
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