History of the Society

There were several attempts to organize a Fairfax County Historical Society. The earliest occurred in 1878 when on January 12th “Pursuant to public notice, a number of citizens of Fairfax County assembled at the house of Charles Ballinger, …for the purpose of organizing a County Historical Society.” Subsequent other attempts were made to organize without success.

The present Historical Society of Fairfax County was organized on February 18, 1950. HSFC is the oldest organization of its kind in Fairfax County. The chief mission of the Historical Society of Fairfax County is the promotion and preservation of the history of the Fairfax County. The society’s mission is primarily fulfilled through the publication of a yearbook (journal) that contains historical and scholarly articles relative to Fairfax County.