Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center is located in the Courthouse on the first floor in Suite 1600. They have records dating from the formation of Fairfax County in 1742 through the early 1900s. They are open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Every Friday, guided tours of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse and Historic Records Center are offered. These tours are free and open to the public.
The mission of the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center is to preserve and make available to the public the historical records of the Fairfax Circuit Court. Under §42.1-76 of the Code of Virginia (Virginia Public Records Act), public records created earlier than 1913 are considered historic and are to be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During the Civil War, the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center was occupied by both Union and Confederate troops. In the spring of 1862, the Union Army took possession of the courthouse for the rest of the war. It was reported that the building was gutted and many records lost or destroyed. The building you see today was fully restored in 1967.
All visitors to the Historic Records Center are required to show a photo ID when entering the building and go through a security screening. It is located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road.