Things To Know About Historic Fairfax Before You Visit

Here at Eleven Oaks, we love Northern Virginia, especially our home here in historic Fairfax! Our townhomes and single-family homes are located just blocks from everything that downtown Fairfax has to offer, from shopping to restaurants to local landmarks. If you’re new to the area or haven’t stopped in to see us recently, here are a few things you should know about Fairfax!

Historical Impact

Like several other cities in Virginia, Fairfax has a long, rich history that dates back to the Revolutionary War period! The City of Fairfax’s historic buildings and landmarks are reminders of the area’s heritage and its continuing important role as a major crossroads of commerce, travel, and judicial center. Major landmarks on the City’s National Register Historic District are the Fairfax County Courthouse (1800) and the Ratcliffe–Allison House (1812), built by “town founder” Richard Ratcliffe.

Welcome Center

If you’re visiting for the first time, make your first stop the Fairfax Museum and Welcome Center! This beautiful brick building, located on Main Street, is your main stop for visitor information for both tourists and residents, including lodging, restaurants, transportation and historic and natural attractions. The visitor center is also the place to find out about special events in and around the city. Don’t forget to check out the souvenirs here!


After you’ve spent all day touring historic Fairfax, you’re sure to be hungry! There are several 4 star restaurants in downtown Fairfax, including Villa Mozart, a classic Italian eatery with an extensive wine list. If you’re looking for other Mediterranean flavors, try Havabite Eatery, featuring Greek and Italian specialties. If you’re just looking to relax and have a nice cold beer, come into the Auld Shebeen, the local Irish pub!

We love all that historic Fairfax has to offer, and are proud to call Eleven Oaks a part of the Fairfax community. Stop in to see us or contact us today for more information on how you could live in Fairfax too!