Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Marker

Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line (Centreville)

Marker Text:

The roadbed of the Independent Line of the Manassas Gap Railroad ran through this area. Conceived to extend the Manassas Gap Railroad from Gainesville to Alexandria, grading on this part of the line began in September 1854. The nearby stone bridge abutments were built to carry tracks across Cub Run. Financial problems stopped the work in May 1857. In various places the roadbed provided shelter from attack and a route for troop movements during the Civil War. The Manassas Gap Railroad merged with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in 1867. Tracks were never laid along the Independent Line.

Date Installed: Summer 2004

Marker Credits: Funded by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the History Commission.

Marker Location: Centreville. In Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Enter the park trail at the west end of Honsena Drive. Marker is a short walk into the park.

Marker Location Map

Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line






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