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Fairfax of Virginia: The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage

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Jeffeson Library
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Join the Honourable Hugh Fairfax, second son of the 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, as he tells the highly improbable and entirely unique story of the ancient and noble Fairfax family of Yorkshire, England, and how they came from the English Civil War to settle on a vast swathe of Virginia before the Revolution.  For over six generations the Fairfaxes played an active part in many of the key events that helped shape America. They were unique as the only members of the British House of Lords to permanently reside in America. 

Following an extraordinary inheritance of over five million acres of wild frontier, the Northern Neck of Virginia, far from his birthplace of Leeds Castle in Kent, the 6th Lord Fairfax  administered a vast empire from a log cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, with the help of a young George Washington, whom he educated, sparing the Fairfax family from expulsion during the Revolution. Taking their place as citizens of the newly formed United States of America, the Fairfax story in the U.S. includes the gold rush in California, a famous duel and the Civil War, and comes full circle with the family once more established in England and the disposal of their last remaining American property in 1960.

For his new book, Fairfax of Virginia: The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage: , Hugh Fairfax, who now currently lives in London, drew on many sources both published and unpublished, including original documents, diaries, press cuttings and material from the family’s own library.

Book signing and selling after the talk.

Event At A Glance:
Around 1.5 hours

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