Does your college town suck? Patriots of George Mason University
New to the roster this season, we’ll be taking a look at the various college towns of Wisconsin opponents. We will answer all important questions: is it a state capital? What is the population? Does he have a Culver’s?
City: Fairfax, Virginia
Cut: 6.27 square miles
Site: 38 ° 51′9 ″ N 77 ° 18′15 ″ W
Population: 23,531 (2019)
State capital? No
Time zone: East
Landmarks: Old Town Square, Mount Murtaugh
Fairfax, Virginia is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is an enclave surrounded by Fairfax County. While Fairfax City also contains an enclave of Fairfax County, the Fairfax County court complex.
Is it a city within a city, within a city … within a city?
Fairfax was founded on land originally occupied by Siouan and Iroquoian tribes and the name comes from Thomas Fairfax, Cameron’s 6th Lord Fairfax. He was awarded 5,000,000 acres of land in Northern Virginia by King Charles. The region was colonized at the beginning of the 18th century by farmers.
True Crime aficionados would be interested to know that Fairfax has a serial killer – the shopping cart killer, who would meet his victims on dating sites, meet them at local motels, and then dispose of their bodies in shopping carts. The recently captured shopping cart killer has four confirmed victims, but police suspect there may be more.
Moving away from the deadliest part of Fairfax, the town hosts a chocolate lovers festival every year. The festival takes place the first full weekend in February – try to capitalize on the Valentine’s Day chocolate rush.
So if you are a fan of murders and chocolate, have I a city for you!
Fairfax also hosts a Fall Festival, which takes place on the second Saturday in October and is held in historic Old Town Fairfax. The festival features over 500 art, craft and food vendors. They usually have around 35,000 to 45,000 people attending.
Mount Murtaugh, which is the highest point in Fairfax County at 556.9 feet above sea level, is not a mountain per se, but more a mound of garbage, as it is about the landfill closed.
The “mountain” was named after Hugh Murtaugh, who was the county engineer, who worked on the site from concept to closure.
George Mason was established in 1957 as a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia and became an independent university in 1972 and is now the largest four-year public university in Virginia.
Patriot’s Pub & Grill, a home bar that draws regulars with pitchers of beer, karaoke nights, and TVs showing sports has 312 google reviews and is rated 4.5 stars
Another highly rated bar in Fairfax is Revolution Billiards, which is a low-key hangout with more substantial pizza and food, plus a pool, darts, and video games. Revolution Billiards has 293 reviews, rated at 4.3 stars.
Virginia does not have Culver’s statewide. Incredible.
EagleBank Arena, home of the George Madison Patriots, is a 10,000-seat arena opened in 1985. EagleBank is home to the George Mason men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as concerts and family shows, including Trolls Live, which will be there from 4-6 February.
Originally named the Patriot Center, the stadium was renamed in 2015, following a partnership with EagleBank.
Does your college town suck?
Well, they’ve got a serial killer, their town is in another town, which oddly enough is in their town too … which is just confusing. Not to mention the fact that they don’t have a Culver to speak of.
Oh and they have a big mountain of garbage …
Yes, that sucks.