Visitor Attractions

Visitor Attractions

Fairfax County is home to numerous historical attractions and museums that entertain and educate people of all ages. Whether your interest is aviation, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, there is something for everyone in Fairfax County, including the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport.

Residents and tourists can travel back in time by visiting the county's many historic landmarks, including Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington; Gunston Hall, home of George Mason, the father of the Bill of Rights; and Sully and Woodlawn historic sites.

For more information on the county's historical attractions and museums, visit the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Historical Attractions | Museums

 

Historic Attractions

Claude Moore Farm in Fairfax County, VirginiaClaude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean; 703-442-7557
A reconstructed Revolutionary War farm, Claude Moore Colonial Farm is worked with the same tools and methods employed by farmers in the 18th century. The farm demonstrates the life of a poor family living on a small farm in northern Virginia just prior to the American Revolution. Staff and volunteers, dressed in period clothes, work the farm and answer questions about livestock and life on a family farm. The farm hosts market fairs and other special events throughout the year.

Dates and Hours: April-mid December, Wednesday-Sunday from 10 AM- 4:30 PM. The Farm is closed during inclement weather and on Thanksgiving Day.
Admission: $3 adults; $2 children and senior citizens.

 Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls; 703-759-2771
Colvin Run Mill is an early 19th century wooden water wheel and operating gristmill. The old miller’s house includes an exhibit about the process of milling and the families who operated the mill. Another exhibit in the renovated 20th century dairy barn features the history of the Great Falls community around the mill.

Hours: Open daily (except Tuesdays) 11 AM-5 PM.
Admission: Free. Tours: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 children and seniors

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House
9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria; 703-780-4000
Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for an average-income family, the house was completed in 1942. In 1964, it was moved to its present location on the grounds of Woodlawn Estate from the original site in Falls Church. A compact modern house built for efficiency, it is a marked contrast to the spacious Woodlawn next door. The house is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hours: Daily 10 AM-5 PM March-December (Closed in January and February)
Admission: $7.50 adults; $3 children

Mount Vernon's Gristmill in Fairfax County, Virginia

George Washington's Gristmill
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria; 703-780-2000
Millers in period costume operate the giant machine that turns grain into flour and corn into meal. The 18th-century mill has been authentically reconstructed to allow visitors to see the water-powered mill in operation, discover how it works, and learn how this particular mill played an important role in Washington's vision for America's future.

Dates and Hours: 10 AM-5 PM (April-October)
Admission: $4 adults; $2 children (Discounted admission when purchased with tickets to Mount Vernon.)

Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck; 703-550-9220
Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights. Mason wrote the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights on which the U.S. Bill of Rights was based. Mason’s home, constructed circa 1755-1760, is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. The elaborate carvings of the interior, designed by indentured servant William Buckland, serve as an impressive backdrop for guided tours discussing the 18th century plantation household. The boxwood gardens at Gunston Hall include the massive central allée, believed to have been planted during Mason’s residence. Beyond the garden lies the deer park and the Potomac River.

Hours: 9:30 AM-5 PM Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Admission: $8 adults; $4 children

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Fairfax County, Virginia

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
George Washington Parkway, Alexandria; 703-780-2000
George Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and greatly expanded it to reflect his status as a Virginia gentleman and pioneer farmer. The beautifully restored mansion, outbuildings, extensive grounds combine beauty and functionality in a harmonious setting. History comes to life with ever-changing museum exhibitions, working plantation activities, and interactive children's events.

Dates and Hours: 8 AM-5 PM (April-August); 9 AM-5 PM (March, September, October) and 9 AM-4 PM (November-February).
Admission: $13 adults; $12 seniors; $6 children

Sully Historic Site
3601 Sully Road, Chantilly; 703-437-1794
The home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia’s first congressman, the main house at Sully was built in 1794. The house is furnished with antiques of the Federal period. Outbuildings include a kitchen, smokehouse and stone dairy and a slave cabin. Formal and kitchen gardens complement the house. Educational programs, craft demonstrations and living history events are offered throughout the year.

Hours: 11 AM-4 PM; tours on the hour. Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 seniors

Woodlawn Estate
9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria; 703-780-4000
Built between 1800 and 1805, this Georgian-style mansion was designed by William Thornton, architect of the first U.S. Capitol. Woodlawn was the home of Eleanor Custis and Lawrence Lewis, Martha Washington’s granddaughter and George Washington’s nephew. Many Washington and Lewis family heirlooms and furnishings are on display.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM March-December (Closed January and February,
except Presidents' Day)
Admission: $7.50 adults; $3 children