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Passport to History

Explore the places in this passport for a history-filled adventure! You will discover that our neighborhood is filled with exciting stories. From the American Revolution to the fight for women’s rights, you will find a lot to investigate. Also, you will be part of Virginia’s American Evolution™ commemoration.

What is the passport?

Passport to History represents a trail of historic sites in eastern Fairfax County. It is especially focused on 4th grade students, but all are welcome to participate and get to know the history of this storied area. Each page introduces a local site and asks questions to enhance your experience. Take a trip through time as you visit them all!

What do I do?

For each site you visit, take your passport to the admissions desk for a stamp. Once you get a stamp on each passport page, you will qualify for a small gift. Plus, everyone who gets a stamp from all the organizations in the passport may enter a drawing for a special prize: a behind-the-scenes visit to one of the sites. To receive your gift and enter the drawing, go to

What do I do when I have visited all the sites?

Follow this link to register for your prize: Please complete the form by 5 p.m. on Labor Day, 9/3/2018, in order to qualify for the gift and the drawing. Happy history trails!

Which sites are included in Passport to History?

  George Mason’s Gunston Hall
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
  Workhouse Arts Center
Hours: Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Closed to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, and select holidays.
Admission: FREE

  Pohick Church
Hours: Open to the public daily. Tours offered from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Tours outside these hours or tailored for 4th grade students are available upon advance request.
Admission: FREE, donations appreciated.
  Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Hours: Open Friday through Monday, 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. from April to December.
Admission: Prices vary according to whether you are visiting Woodlawn, the Pope-Leighey House, or both.

  The Gum Springs Museum
Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., also Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Keep checking, as the schedule will be expanding.
Admission fees apply to museum space. For more information, call (703) 375-9825.
  George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in April to October. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in November to March.
Admission: Passport holders receive a 25% DISCOUNT with the code “passport25.”
Adults (ages 12 and older): $20
Youth (ages 6 through 11): $12
Children (ages 5 and younger): Free

  Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley
For additional information:
Visitor Center Hours for Huntley Meadows: Wednesday to Monday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Admission: FREE
Historic Huntley: Grounds open daily, dawn to dusk. The mansion is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from the end of April to October. For details, see the Huntley Meadows Park site or call the park at (703) 768-2525.



What is American Evolution?

Passport to History is part of the American Evolution™ commemoration, exploring democracy, diversity, and opportunity in Virginia from 1619-2019. American Evolution™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 and continue to influence America today. These events include the establishment of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers, as well as the first official English Thanksgiving in North America. For more information about American Evolution and other ways to join in, please visit

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