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

Orange and Alexandria Railroad

 
 
Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker
Inscription. Accotink Park Road lies on the right-of-way of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which linked markets in northern and central Virginia. Construction began in March 1850, and the line was extended to Manassas in 1851 and to Gordonsville in March 1853. The railroad encouraged the growth of Fairfax County and new communities along the way. During the Civil War the line became a strategic prize coveted by both sides, and battles were fought at or near such stops as Manassas Junction, Bristoe Station, and Brandy Station. The Union army seized a large part of the Fairfax section of the railroad and placed it under the control of the U.S. Military Railroad System.
 
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number BW-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 47.508′ N, 77° 12.354′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Accotink Park Road and Southern Drive on Accotink Park Road. Click for map. From Backlick Road (County Route 617), take Highland Street west to Accotink Park Road on the right. Accotink Park Road jogs to the left (follow the signs to the
Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker
Taken from Southern Drive looking into the left jog in the road.
park) while Southern Drive continues straight ahead. The marker is at the jog. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield VA 22151, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Orange and Alexandria RR (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Origins of Lake Accotink (approx. 0.7 miles away); Springfield Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ravensworth (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 1.5 miles away); Price’s Ordinary (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Orange and Alexandria Railroad. (Submitted on January 14, 2006.)
2. Lake Accotink Park. This PDF file discusses the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in relation to this area. (Submitted on December 22, 2005.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Accotink Park Road image. Click for full size.
August 13, 2005
3. Accotink Park Road
The was the right-of-way fo the Orange and Alexandria Railroad before it was moved north.
Accotink Park Road image. Click for full size.
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4. Accotink Park Road
 
 
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