Fairfax County is the heart of the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
area technology community. The dynamic companies, highly skilled residents, excellent school system and cultural amenities
make Fairfax County one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States.
Fairfax County was created in 1742 by William Fairfax from the northern portion
of Prince William County and named for Lord Fairfax. At the time of it’s formation, Fairfax County included all of what
are now Loudoun and Arlington counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax.
In 1748, George Washington, Fairfax County's most distinguished citizen, came to live with his half brother Lawrence at
Mount Vernon on the Potomac River. He lived at his Mount Vernon home until his death in 1799.
Many of Fairfax County’s historic homes and historical places are on the National Register of Historic Places. Many
more have been protected or preserved by the county government or private organizations.