Joan Rogers Honored by The Friends of The Fairfax Station
The Friends of The Fairfax Station held their annual meeting at The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on March 24, honoring outgoing President, Joan Rogers.
Joan Rogers is stepping down from the Presidency after 19 years in the position. She was instrumental in moving the original building to its present site. Joan has also been involved in the Dominion Valley Pony Club, Girl Scouts, PTA, St. Mary's Church and the Clifton Community Woman's Club during her many years as a resident of the Northern Virginia area.
During the years of Joan's Presidency, the Railroad Museum has continued to succeed as an important part of the greater community, well known for its annual Holiday Train Show, Sunday afternoon train displays, Quarterly Forums, Tour and Civil War displays, including a celebration of the Sesquicentennial August 2012. As a Museum Life Member, Joan knows she is leaving her dedication to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum in the hands of dedicated volunteers.
Presentation of Life Membership for John Lewett
Joan Rogers, President of The Friends of The Fairfax Station, presented a Life Membership for John Lewett to John's son, Sean Lewett, at the 24th annual Fairfax Station Railroad Museum's Holiday Train Show the weekend of December 7 and 8. John Lewett, owner of JL Tree Service, Inc. has provided hundreds of hours of donated tree work service to the Museum as well as being a great supporter of the Museum activities for many years.
Fairfax Station is best known for its place in the Civil War conflict where wounded soldiers were brought after the 2nd Battle of Manassas and the Battle of Ox Hill. However, it also has a rich history as a railroad town where families were raised and commerce took place.
On August 29, 2012, at the unveiling of a Fairfax County, VA Historical Marker, Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Board members celebrated and honored those who had made the town of Fairfax Station their home. Ron Beavers did the research and wrote the script that was approved by the Fairfax County History Commission. This history commission and the Lindner Foundation paid for the sign. The Friends of the Fairfax Station donated land to have it placed on their property.
At the unveiling ceremony led by President Joan Rogers, life-long residents of Fairfax Station who lived there while the Station was an active and central point in daily life offered their memories – Jim Wyckoff, his sister, Nancy Wyckoff, Jane Peterson, whose father was the last station master, and Lee Hubbard.
The marker is just one of eight authorized by the County during the year in its effort to preserve local history.