Annandale is a culturally diverse community in Fairfax County with welcoming parks, outstanding dining and a unique history. Annandale is unique in that its history can be traced directly to the pre-Revolutionary period, when, in 1685, an Englishman by the name of Col. William H. Fitzhugh purchased over 24,000 acres of land and his descendants later named the tract “Ravensworth.” From an untamed wilderness, Fitzhugh converted the land into one of the largest tobacco plantations in Northern Virginia.For over six generations, members of the Fitzhugh family farmed at Ravensworth, slowly selling off portions of the land. It was not until 1830 that the plantation name was no longer used. In its place the community was named Annandale, after the Scottish village located at the mouth of the Annan River.
Fairfax County Park Authority manages over 15,000 acres of neighborhood, community, district and county parks, including historic parks, golf courses, nature centers, a cross-country ski trail, and indoor ice rink, fitness trails, miniature train rides, a natural preserve and a model farm. There is a wide variety of special events including high adventure trips, interpretive programs, arts, crafts and music festivals, classes and workshops.
Annandale has parks scattered across its geographical region and a number of them are maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The following parks are located in Annandale: Mason District Park, The Wakefield Chapel Park, Turkeycock Run Stream Valley Park, Annandale Community Park, Ossian Hall Park, Kendale Woods Park, Mill Creek Park, Wilburdale Park, Broyhill Crest Park, Larchmont Park, Canterbury Woods Park, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Pine Ridge High School Site Park, Camelot School Site Park, Oak Hill Park, Backlick Park, Willow Woods Park, Valley Crest Park, Long Branch Falls Park, Manassas Gap Park, Fairfax Hills Park, Masonville Park, Howery Field Park, Poe Terrace Park, Rose Lane Park, Indian Run Stream Valley Park, and Accotink Stream Valley Park.
The Wakefield Skate Park is also located within Wakefield Park. The skate park also offers skateboarding, BMX classes and camps for children of all ages and skills.
The Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale is approximately 76,000 square feet and houses a 50m pool. The notatorium also has spectator seating, an outdoor sundeck & locker rooms with sauna’s & showers. There are also requetball/valleyball, and squash courts, a large gymnasium with basketball & volleyball. The center also has a cycle studio, dance room potter lab, arts & crafts room and 3 multi-purpose activity rooms, and a senior center
Dining in Annandale includes Casa D’ Mam
a, Bon Chon Chicken, Honey Pig, Silverado, Yechon, Lighthouse Tofu, Miso Cafe and more.