Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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. Touch for map. Stands next to the Washington
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); Vienna Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Star Fort (approx. ¼ mile away); Salsbury Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); On June 17, 1861 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. half a 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 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,314 times since then and 88 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.