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Address: 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030-1804
Phone Number:
703-591-0560
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This 1855 estate is most famous for its attic which housed Union soldiers...

This 1855 estate is most famous for its attic which housed Union soldiers who left drawings on the walls.

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A new learning experience!

Decided to stop by and find out about this little historic treasure in Fairfax while we were driving through the area. Staff warmly greeted us and gave us the 411 on the history... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Candy S
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65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to stop by and find out about this little historic treasure in Fairfax while we were driving through the area. Staff warmly greeted us and gave us the 411 on the history of this place. Missed the farmhouse tour but still found this interesting. Mini museum inside with a replica of the farmhouse attic with civil war signatures. An... More 

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Thank Candy S
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A relatively new historic landmark, Blenheim was once the 300 plus acre farm of Albert and Mary Willcoxon. In late July 1861 Union soldiers where housed here in a make shift hospital. During their stay many of them drew and wrote their names on the walls of the house and particularly in the attic. Through the years, the Willcoxon descendants... More 

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1 Thank Esrick
Vienna, Virginia
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368 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Check the Historic Blenheim website. They routinely have experts in to give one-hour talks about Civil War history. Today's talk about the Confederate Navy and the final days of the war was excellent. The site is a true little gem. The family home's interior walls are covered in Union soldier graffiti! The grounds are beautiful and photogenic with a small... More 

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Thank Dawn M
Oakton, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This property is historical and has a very pretty setting. The property was rented for a private party, and the price was affordable. The inside area was the perfect setting for the theme of the party which was a European / German Christkindle market. Amphora catering did an amazing job and a ump-pa band was hired. Blenheim staff was helpful... More 

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1 Thank ItalianSoap
Fairfax, Virginia
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Really enjoyed the tour and museum. The house is under renovation and a little rough and I wish we have more access to the building. The museum is small but very interesting. As a Civil War buff I found the total experience very interesting and a gem in Fairfax

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1 Thank ashotwell
Fairfax, Virginia
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We visited here for Civil War Day and what an experience! Will be making another trip for sure! We are huge Civil War buffs so the Civil War Day was perfect for us. We were able to see a Cricket Demo, meet Robert E Lee, there's music, food, tours...great for families and very kid friendly!

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Thank SCGrl79
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

The interactive center has a wonderful museum with a recreation of the attic - complete with all of the soldiers "graffiti". The interactive center can also be rented for private parties and receptions. The house itself is in pretty rough shape as they continue to work on restoration but it is fascinating to hear the history of the home and... More 

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1 Thank Shookfamily_Fairfax
Portland, Oregon, United States
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68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Having lived in vicinity of Fairfax, VA, for many years we passed this historic site which was completely engulfed in blackberry vines until the US Park Service acquired it and restored the building. Nice location for a brief historic outing. They also have Civil War buffs who display camp and uniforms of the period. Thanks to the US Park Service.

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1 Thank Gary G
Vienna, Virginia
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368 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

The historic family home highlights one fairly rare treasure: extensive Civil War soldiers' graffiti. The home was a Union field hospital while its walls were white and bare. Many years later, after 6 layers of wallpaper and paint were removed, hundreds of handwritten names, pictures and poems were revealed on those white walls - all drawn by Civil War soldiers... More 

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2 Thank Dawn M
Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Blenheim is small, yes, but it's so close to downtown Fairfax and Fairfax Station you could combine them all into one day. Pay attention to the fact the only tour of the old house takes place daily at 1 PM, though! We have to go back to catch that. The volunteer at Blenheim was helpful and very knowledgeable about the... More 

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1 Thank Ann S

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