City Listening and Learning Sessions Continue Tonight

The City’s “Connecting Fairfax City for All” public seminars and discussion groups continue online tonight with the third session at 7pm. While the post-talk discussion sessions are full, there is still time to register to participate by joining the Zoom presentation. This third session will feature J. Brent Tarter, historian, author, and founding editor ofContinue reading “City Listening and Learning Sessions Continue Tonight”

Observances of the Civil War 100-Year Anniversary 1961 – 1965

The 100 year anniversary of the Civil War was 1961 – 1965. Its kickoff coincided with the dedication of the Mosby Woods neighborhood in 1961.  Adopting a civil war theme was part of the marketing strategy for the development, which sought to capitalize on increased interest in the centennial in particular, and the civil warContinue reading “Observances of the Civil War 100-Year Anniversary 1961 – 1965”

Why our neighborhood names are under review

The debates over names and symbols used to represent a community are not new. Over the past several decades there have been repeated conversations about representation in state flags, monuments, sports mascots, and in the names of schools, municipal buildings, and major thoroughfares. These debates tend to flare up after incidents that cause public outrage, such asContinue reading “Why our neighborhood names are under review”

Aspects of the Civil Rights Era When Mosby Woods was Established

As we continue to explore the historic context of our neighborhood, the Community Forward team has conducted research into the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s when Mosby Woods was established. We make no attempt to draw any conclusions as to the thought process behind the founding of Mosby Woods or the motivesContinue reading “Aspects of the Civil Rights Era When Mosby Woods was Established”

Civil War Summary, Part 2: Major Battles

As our neighborhood explores our relationship with our street and community names, the Community Forward team has researched and written about topics deemed contextually relevant. This blog post is the second in a two-part series providing a very brief summary of the civil war. Read Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery and explore more contextContinue reading “Civil War Summary, Part 2: Major Battles”

Civil War Summary, Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery

As our neighborhood explores our relationship with our street and community names, the Community Forward team has researched and written about topics deemed contextually relevant. This blog post is the first in a two-part series providing a very brief summary of the civil war. Read Part 2: Major Battles and explore more context posts onContinue reading “Civil War Summary, Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery”

The history and process of renaming streets in the City of Fairfax

  Did you know that street names in Fairfax have changed from time to time? In 2004 the City changed the name of Lee Hwy. (Rt. 50 & Rt. 29) to Fairfax Blvd. as part of a rebranding effort. The City also changed Rebel Run to Lion Run in June 2020. This change coincided withContinue reading “The history and process of renaming streets in the City of Fairfax”