The Friends of the Fairfax Station, Inc.
The purpose of the Friends of the Fairfax Station, Inc., a non-profit 501-c-3, all volunteer organization, is to maintain and operate the rebuilt Fairfax Station railroad depot as a museum. Fairfax Station is rich in railroad, Civil War, and local history. The Friends of Fairfax Station foster an appreciation for this and offer programs and displays that interpret this history as well as supporting many model railroad clubs. All ages are welcome!
The community grew around the railroad station, which influenced the economy and caused Civil War skirmishes in the area. Clara Barton tended to thousands of soldiers as the result of the Battles of 2nd Manassas and Ox Hill. Most of the wounded were sent from the Fairfax Station depot to Alexandria and Washington hospitals.
In 1975, a group of local citizens headed by Lena Wyckoff and the Clifton Community Woman’s Club began efforts to save the old depot. Southern Railway donated the building, and the Fried and Moore families donated land just up the hill from the original site. The new Friends of the Fairfax Station, Inc. received financial and volunteer assistance from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and local groups to reconstruct the station. The museum was built by local high school students (Fairfax County Vocation Educational Foundation). It was dedicated in 1987 and the museum opened the following year. Click to learn more about founder, Lena Wyckoff.
So much has been accomplished in the last twenty years. A caboose from Norfolk Southern was donated in 1993 and professionally painted and stenciled in 2005. The garden and picnic area, an Eagle Scout project, was dedicated in 1999 to our founder, Lena Wyckoff. A small outdoor stage was built a few years later in memory of Vice President Wheeler Rodgers and a tree planted for Secretary, Dottie Flanagan. Dale Lumber, our neighbor for so many years, donated a good share of the lumber for our projects. A small addition to the building was added in 2002. A railroad crossing gate with lights was donated by Norfolk Southern. In 2007, several enhancements were made to our property, including the installation of a new fence. In addition, the Providence Chapter of the DAR donated the flagpole and presented the American flag to our historic site. Dominion Valley Garden Club planted the Blue Star Memorial By-Way garden surrounding the flagpole as a tribute to the Armed Forces of America. The museum was painted, deck and stage stained in 2006, compliments of CertaPro Painters and Sherwin Williams. Lawn service is donated by MowCow Landscaping.
Several large fundraisers were initiated during our short history. The first in 1990 was a collage of the history of our station, a painting by Paul Salmon, made into prints. The second, the pictorial history book we published in 1995, Fairfax Station: All Aboard! by Nan Netherton and Whitney Wyckoff, a great piece of local history. So much more history of the area can be found in this book. It can be purchased in our gift shop or from the website. Our latest endeavor is the collectible by First Gear, a Southern Railway Dodge Power Wagon with utility load, sanctioned by Norfolk Southern and Operation Lifesaver. It can be purchased in our gift shop or from the website.