Fairfax Station in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to Fairfax Station
Welcome to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, established in 1987.
Fairfax Station was constructed in 1852 along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Formed in 1848, the O&A was the only rail line connecting Alexandria — a major port at the time — with central Virginia.
Irish immigrants, African-American slaves and freemen built the railroad and station. The influx of the largely Catholic workers led to the establishment of nearby Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in 1860.
The importance of Fairfax Station faded by the 1950s. Today, the Norfolk Southern Railway owns the tracks once served by this station.
About the Building
The station played a critical role during the American Civil War. It was destroyed as Federals retreated from the area in 1862 after the Battle of Second Manassas. New buildings were constructed in the vicinity of the original site in 1873, 1891 and 1903.
The building was facing possible demolition in 1973, leading to the formation of Friends of Fairfax Station to save the structure and operate it as a museum. With the support of local partners and
About the Trail
The trail you are standing on is part of a five-year project carried out by Eagle Scout candidates through hundreds of hours of work. It extends the entire length of the property to provide visitors and residents a proper walking path away from street traffic so they may enjoy the beauty and history of the neighborhood.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1987.
Location. 38° 48.041′ N, 77° 19.862′ W. Marker is in Fairfax Station, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fairfax Station Road west of Hill Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11200 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station VA 22039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairfax Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fairfax Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Hogshead (within shouting distance of this marker); Type C31 (Cupola) Caboose (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Motorcar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Skirmish at St. Mary’s (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary’s Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away); In this Church of St. Mary’s (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax Station.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.