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The Ratcliffe-Allison House on Main Street in Fairfax City is the oldest house in the City. The eastern portion (on the right in this photo) was built by Richard Ratcliffe in 1812 to specifications of the original lot sales in the Town of Providence (to become Fairfax in 1875), “at least 16-feet square with a brick or stone chimney.” The house has been converted to a historic house museum, and features objects and exhibits that illustrate the daily activities of the homes 12 owners. This enables the home to show visitors how the City of Fairfax changed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The home was donated to the City of Fairfax by its owners in 1973.