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

Vienna Station

 
 
Vienna Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks, and the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
 
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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. Stands next to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vienna VA 22180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park (about 400 feet away); Freeman Store and Museum (about 500 feet away); Freeman House (about 500 feet away); The Arlington & Fairfax Railway (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Star Fort (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
 
More about this marker. The marker’s background is a photograph of the station taken in 1864. An inset picture shows the station master’s 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
A Railroad Scene Mural is the Backdrop for the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
2. A Railroad Scene Mural is the Backdrop for the Marker
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.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com. 

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.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com. 
 
Vienna Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 2, 2007
3. Vienna Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,954 times since then and 61 times this year. 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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