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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.
August 13, 2005
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
Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
August 13, 2005
2. Orange and Alexandria Railroad Marker
Taken from Southern Drive looking into the left jog in the road.
Park Road. 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 park) while Southern Drive continues straight ahead. The marker is at the jog. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield VA 22151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); 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. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 1½ miles away); Price’s Ordinary (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: 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.
August 13, 2005
4. Accotink Park Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2005. This page has been viewed 3,050 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2010. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2005.   4. submitted on December 18, 2005. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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