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[Illustration: Sketch by John H. Rust, Jr. ]




Illustrations by Paul R. Hoffmaster

First Edition Second Printing

Copyright 1960, by Jeanne Johnson Rust All rights reserved

Printed by Moore & Moore, Inc., Washington, D. C.

Designed by William M. Guillet

To My Husband

and his favorite town his birthplace .

[Illustration: Map of Fairfax]


1. Court House Pages 29, 33, 57 2. Duncan's Chapel Pages 39, 43 3. Payne's Church Page 19 4. Store Site Pages 25, 31 5. Ford Building Page 25 6. Rose Bower Page 38 7. Site of Willcoxon Tavern Pages 24, 32, 48 8. Rectory Pages 25, 48 9. Truro Church Pages 20, 38, 61 10. Coomb Cottage Page 36 11. Coomb Cottage Building No. 1 Page 36 12. Coomb Cottage Building No. 2 Page 36 13. Cooper Carriage House Pages 37, 45 14. Confederate Monument Page 64 15. Site of Ratcliffe Home Page 32 16. Ratcliffe Grave Yard Page 32 17. Earp's Ordinary Pages 23, 45 18. Willard Place Page 55 19. Blenheim Page 24 20. Ratcliffe Race Trace Page 32 21. D'Astre Place Page 37 22. Richardson House Page 38 23. Site of Judge Thomas House Page 37 24. Oliver Building Pages 25, 44 25. Farr Home Page 22


Introduction 6

I. Jamestown 7

II. Rebellion 10

III. The Gentry and the Convicts 14

IV. The Push Inward 17

V. The Town 23

VI. The Revolutionary War 26

VII. The Court House 29

VIII. Development of the Town 36

IX. The Civil War in Fairfax 43

X. Spies 53

XI. Stealing of Important Papers 57

XII. Reconstruction 61

Bibliography 68

Index 69


When man reaches out into space to explore a new planet, his adventure will be comparable in many ways to that of the colonists who braved the space of water in the early seventeenth century to establish their proprietary rights on a strange continent called "America".

These colonists found themselves confronted with the need to feed, house and clothe themselves with unknown and untried materials reaped from a wilderness which hid their enemy, the red man, and housed the dread mosquito which carried the deadly malaria.

Proof of their danger lies in the history of the Jamestown Colony. Being attacked by red savages upon landing at the malaria infested Jamestown and inexperienced with survival under wilderness conditions, the colonists were reduced to eating their own dead before help finally arrived.

Strengthened in number and sustained by food and help brought by Lord de la Warr, the colonists eventually set up a government, bought peace with their enemy, and settled down to raise tobacco on the land to which they received proprietary rights. Later they expanded their holdings; developed their resources; improved their government; established churches, schools and colleges; gained their independence from their mother country; survived civil strife; and advanced their civilization... Continue reading book >>

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