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Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vienna Station

 
 
Vienna Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
1. Vienna Station Marker
Inscription. Vienna Station, shown in the center of the photograph below in 1864, has stood here since the arrival of the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railway (later the Washington & Old Dominion Railway) in 1859.

The farm community of Ayr Hill consisted of houses, mills, a general store, and a plow factory that benefited from proximity to the railroad. The post office name was soon changed to Vienna. In 1890 Vienna was officially incorporated as a town.

In 1967, a year before the W&OD shut down altogether, The Vienna Advertiser eulogized: “The news that the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad freight station in Vienna has been closed is sad indeed. Its passing is a rather stark punctuation to the end of an era.”
 
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.243′ N, 77° 16.005′ W. Marker is in Vienna, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Dominion Road and Ayr Hill Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Dominion Road. Click for map. Stands next to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Vienna VA 22180, United States of America.
A Railroad Scene Mural is the Backdrop for the Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
2. A Railroad Scene Mural is the Backdrop for the Marker

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tracks into History (a few steps from this marker); Vienna Centennial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freeman Store and Museum (about 500 feet away); Civil War Star Fort (approx. ľ mile away); Salsbury Spring (approx. ľ mile away); On June 17, 1861 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Action at Vienna (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vienna.
 
More about this marker. The markerís background is a photograph of the station taken in 1864. An inset picture shows the station masterís office and carries the caption, “Station agent Starling Dudley Ledford in his office inside Vienna Station, 1933.”
 
Also see . . .
1. The "New" Vienna Station. About a 1 mile south of the station is the present day Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station, which is the western most stop of the Washington, D.C. Metro Rail in Virginia. (Submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

3. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Vienna Station Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 2, 2007
3. Vienna Station
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,770 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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