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The town was established as a cluster of farms in the 18th Century, and is named for members of the elite Fairfax family of that time.
Today, Fairfax is known for its wealthy population, colonial homes and mansions, downtown area, upscale shopping, horseback riding, and education.
People Born in Fairfax
Fairfax in People's Lives
Gore Vidal: I lived here briefly as a child, around 1935 - 1936, when I was 10 years old. I lived with my mother, whom I could not stand, and her new husband, the wealthy stepfather of Jacqueline Kennedy. We lived at the Merrywood estate in the McLean area.