Fairfax to change over a dozen street names linked to Confederacy

After months of discussions, Fairfax, Virginia, has chosen new names for some streets tied to the city’s Confederate past.

The Fairfax City Council has approved new names for 14 streets, which will take effect Jan. 1.

Some of the streets that will see changes were named for Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Nine of the streets are located in the Mosby Woods neighborhood, and are connected to confederate soldier Col. John Singleton Mosby.

U.S. Route 29/Lee Highway will be split into three different names, including Fairfax Boulevard, Main Street and Blenheim Boulevard. Confederate Lane will now be Continental Lane, and Plantation Parkway will become Fair Woods Parkway.

Some council members were not in support of the changes, saying there wasn’t enough community input. Now that the new names have been approved, the city will help property owners make the necessary changes.

The new names are part of a city initiative, Connecting Fairfax City for All. See a full list of the street name changes below:

  • Lee Street to Lilac Street
  • Confederate Lane to Continental Lane
  • Plantation Parkway to Fair Woods Parkway
  • Old Lee Highway to Blenheim Boulevard
  • Traveler Street to Old Robin Street
  • Ranger Road to Cardinal Road
  • Reb Street to Cross Lane
  • Raider Lane to Fox Lane
  • Scarlet Circle to Crimson Circle
  • Singleton Circle to Concord Circle
  • Stonewall Avenue to Stone Wall Avenue
  • Mosby Woods Drive to fair Woods Drive

Lee Highway will be split into:

  • Main Street, from Kamp Washington west to the city boundary line before it intersects with Shirley Gate Road
  • Blenheim Boulevard, right at Fairfax Circle north to the city boundary line just before the intersection with Blake Lane
  • Fairfax Boulevard, at Kamp Washington east to Fairfax Circle

Mosby Road will be renamed in two separate parts:

  • The 10000 block will be renamed Orchard Court
  • The 9000 block will be renamed Grefe Drive
Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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