Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Historic Blenheim is a central-hall plan brick farmhouse built just prior to the Civil War and is nationally significant for the more than 120 signatures, art, games, thoughts, and poetry left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area. Campers can explore the Fairfax history exhibition. The Civil War Interpretive Center at further interprets the site's history and the Civil War in the greater Fairfax area. Campers can view its exhibition gallery with illustrated timeline of Civil War events, replica of the graffiti-filled attic, and more. Also on the grounds is Grandma's Cottage, which dates to c.1840. Guided tours for groups are available for a fee.
Contact Info
Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. City of Fairfax. Tel: 703-385-8415. Email: Susan.gray@fairfaxva.gov. Website: www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/civil-war-interpretive-center. Hrs: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 3PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-12th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 min. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.