Fairfax Station: All Aboard!
By Nan Netherton & Whitney Von Lake Wyckoff
A comprehensive history of the Village of Fairfax Station, Virginia and its surroundings, particularly during the Civil War, including the early volunteer nursing activities of Clara Barton, one of the founders of the American Red Cross, as well as the building of early railroads.
The small unincorporated postal village of Fairfax Station lies in the center of urbanized Fairfax County, just across the river from our nation's bustling capital. Trains have passed through here for years on their way to or from surrounding areas touched by the pace of modern life. But somehow, this unassuming community has retained a character all its own in the history of those who have worked, played, loved, fought, learned, and worshipped here.
Illustrations and text throughout this book trace the activities of people who have occupied the land from Indian times to the present. The authors touch upon agriculture as practiced through the earlier years. They describe the building of the old rolling roads, turnpikes, and the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in pictures and story. They also explain proposals for two modern airports to be built nearby.
During the Civil War, thousands of troops, both Confederate and Union, crisscrossed and occupied the area at different times. A number of participants have given accounts of their experiences and graphics have been provided by contemporary artists and photographers.
Everyday occurrences and special events in the small rural railroad village -- its social and religious life, schools and businesses associated with it -- are included. Many descendants of those who years ago rode on the trains, swam in the local swimming holes, and heard the latest news at a general store still live in Fairfax Station. Recent residents do not remember the days when the weekend revolved around square dances and ham and oyster dinners. But longtime residents and recent transplants share a community spirit aimed at preserving Fairfax Station's part of genuine Americana.
Fairfax Station is seen gradually changing from a pastoral setting to one of a pleasant country village in suburbia, with many of its turn-of-the-century farm houses and quaint outbuildings still intact.
The book reveals the community's "layers of history" and the lives of its residents and friends who have established a railroad station museum and well-utilized community center.