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Fairfax Station, Virginia

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Take a drive south on I-66 on Virginia Route 123 or north from I-95 along the same route, and then take a turn onto Fairfax Station Road. You will find yourself in the small community of Fairfax Station, Virginia. It was a community built around a train station on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. (The rail line still remains but is under the ownership of Norfolk Southern.) The station was built in 1854 by Irish immigrants who settled in the area around the station. Originally known as Lee’s Station, it served as a passenger station and a post office, but it also served as a Civil War hospital in 1862 for wounded soldiers who fought in the Second Battle of Manassas and the Battle of Ox Hill. Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, cared for the wounded here before they were sent to hospitals in Alexandria and Washington. The community continued to thrive around the station. The Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, which is near the station and remains there to this day, was established by way of the railroad.
New stations were built through the years with the last station being built in 1903. The station was eventually no longer used, but a group of residents did not want the memory of the station to go away. It was relocated to the site where it sits today on Fairfax Station Road. In 1988, the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum was opened.
Today, you can visit the museum. It is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station, Virginia just off Ox Road (Virginia Route 123). It is open every Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (except major holidays). You can see the exhibits that display the history of the region as well as the Civil War history and artifacts from the days as a rail station, and you can climb aboard an old Southern Railroad Caboose. Admission is only $4.00 for adults and $2.00 ages five to fifteen. You can go to www.fairfaxstation.org to see their calendar for upcoming events and to see how you can rent out the facility for a special occasion.

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