Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Marker

The Orange and Alexandria Railroad Trestle

Marker Text:
The original bridge crossing Accotink Creek was built in 1851 as part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. During the Civil War the wooden trestle was an attractive target for Confederate soldiers. In his 28 Dec. 1862 raid on Burke's Station, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart sent twelve men under the command of Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to burn the trestle. Although termed an "inconsiderable structure" by the Union press, the raid was alarming to many because of its close proximity to Alexandria. The trestle was quickly rebuilt, allowing the Union to continue transporting vital supplies along the line for the remainder of the war.

Date Installed:
March 2004

Marker Credits:
Funded by the Fairfax County History Commission and private donations.

Marker Location: Springfield. In Lake Accotink Park. From Lake Accotink Access Road, go to the main parking lot south of Lake Accotink. Marker is located in the parking lot, south of the current railroad bridge.

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Orange & Alexandria Railroad Trestle




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