Annandale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The population of the CDP was 41,008 as of the 2010 United States Census.
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.
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