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Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Blenheim

 
 
Historic Blenheim Marker image. Click for full size.
July 25, 2009
1. Historic Blenheim Marker
Inscription. A family farm, a Civil War encampment site, and a country home, Historic Blenheim now welcomes visitors to explore its landscape and many stories.

Over 200 years ago, family patriarch Rezin Willcoxon moved here from Prince Georges County, Maryland. By the Civil War, his extended family owned most of the acreage along today’s Old Lee Highway. A labor force, including a small number of African-American slaves, aided the family’s growing prosperity.

During the Civil War, Union soldiers camped and convalesced here, interrupting life for the Willcoxons, and leaving behind signatures and pictographs on the farmhouse walls. Preserved by Willcoxon descendants until the last family owner died in 1997, the evocative power of these writings prompted local citizens to lobby to save Blenheim as an historic site.

The City of Fairfax purchased the c.1859 Blenheim House and surrounding 12 acres for $2.2 million in 1999 and undertook a process of stabilization, conservation, and restoration that continues today. Completion of the Civil War Interpretive Center in 2008 ensures that the process of discovery and education at Blenheim will continue for many future generations.
 
Location. 38° 51.323′ N, 77° 17.598′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker
Historic Blenheim Marker image. Click for full size.
October 31, 2009
2. Historic Blenheim Marker
can be reached from Old Lee Highway. Click for map. The marker is located at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) (a few steps from this marker); Dairy Barn Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Blenheim House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Fairfax Elementary School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Baptismal Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pozer Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Draper House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph captioned Mural: View of Blenheim captures the house, complex of farm buildings, and fields c.1940. On the lower right of the marker are two additional photographs captioned Left: Barbara Duras Elizabeth drives one of the family's first tractors in the early 1940s. and Right: An unidentified soldier-artist drew this cannon on the attic wall in the Blenheim House.
City of Fairfax Historic Collection
 
Also see . . .
Close-up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
July 25, 2009
3. Close-up of Photo on Marker

1. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. (Submitted on November 18, 2009.)
2. Historic Blenheim & Civil War Interpretive Center. (Submitted on November 18, 2009.)
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim image. Click for full size.
July 25, 2009
4. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim
Sign at entrace to Historic Blenheim
 
 
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