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Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

11200 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1011
+1 703-425-9225
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Have enjoyed visiting this historic site while on a smithsonian tour. The crew were very helpful... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Dave L
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Reston, Virginia
via mobile
great when there are activities going on..

This is a small museum, but with a lot of history around it. I've been here several times, from... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
thomas B
,
Springfield, va
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Take a step back in time and discover the Fairfax Station Museum and the role it played in the history of Northern Virginia. A key element in the development of the regional economy from its completion on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in 1854, it played a critical role in the American Civil War and was the center of local community life for almost a century until modern highways and rail transportation made local train depots a thing of the past. The Station was an important supply and medical evacuation site during the Civil War where Clara Barton, later the founder of the American Red Cross, assisted in relief and evacuation efforts in 1862 during the Second Battle of Bull Run. Museum displays, activities and events help preserve local history and promote railroading. Come explore Civil War history, railroading and the fascinating story of our local community.
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  • Terrible5%
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11200 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1011
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Have enjoyed visiting this historic site while on a smithsonian tour. The crew were very helpful and informative

Thank Dave L
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Bob L, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We are very happy to hear you felt the visit was worthwhile. Please visit again!

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

This is a small museum, but with a lot of history around it. I've been here several times, from model railroad day to with a Boy Scout troop. there is not a great amount to see on your own, but ask some of the workers,...More

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rlamond, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thanks for the positive review for our Museum. Next time please take advantage of the QR codes we have with many of our displays to use your smartphone to get instant information on that display!

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Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

A very small rairoad museum with one old railroad car. Only good for a 30 minute visit with children and maybe 1 hour without. Lots of more fun things to do in Virginia and Washington DC. They even have a small admission fee but not...More

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Bob L, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Mr. Duquense: We are truly sorry you failed to enjoy your time at our museum. While yours is not typical of the feedback we get for our small, non-profit museum, we still know your time is valuable to you and we are sorry we failed...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

This small museum is a nice little find! It's small but they care and they have some neat artifacts as they tell the story of the local train history! The caboose is a fun to see....a blast from the past when cabooses were integral to...More

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Bob L, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2017

Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments about the Museum! We are truly pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you will tell your friends about us and return for a visit soon.

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Reviewed December 4, 2016

This historical building houses much of the history of this little part of Northern Virginia including nearby site of Clara Barton's Civil War hospital and memoralibilia of the Battles of Vienna and Fairfax Starion. More importantly it is the home of the railroad museum. Interesting...More

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rlamond, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2016

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We would welcome additional feedback on how we can improve our museum for your return visit!

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Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

This museum is small but has a lot of interesting info. We came for the train festival and loved it. Lots of different kinds of trains to see, super friendly people, and even Santa!

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rlamond, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2016

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We would welcome additional feedback on how we can improve our museum for your return visit!

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Reviewed June 27, 2016

Besides the building that houses photos and history of Fairfax Station, there is a train car, caboose, that visitors are allowed to walk through. There are often model train shows and other events at the museum.

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

Grandson loved seeing the train as well as all the history in this Museum. Worth the trip. He loved the train and looking into the windows of the Museum as seeing history relics. It was a great day to revisit history.

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Bob L, Social Media Coordinator at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2016

Thanks for visiting us! Please look at our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for events of interest to your Grandson in the future!

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Reviewed December 9, 2015

This museum is the real thing. The station has been moved up hill from the railway in order to preserve it for future generations. The displays evoke the past of a local railway passenger and freight depot, while the building itself is well-preserved, in exactly...More

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rlamond, Guest Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2015

Thank you so much for visiting our Museum, especially given the distance you traveled and the multitude of options you have in the greater Washington, DC to visit. We try hard to meet visitor expectations and are pleased we met yours!

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Reviewed September 9, 2015

The docents at the museum are wonderful and friendly -- and they have a great program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. You can do the museum in an hour, which matched my young granddaughter's attention span. Truly a hidden treasure to seek out and...More

Thank Barb H
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rlamond, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We do try very hard to provide volunteer opportunities for local scouts as we know the benefit is mutual. Please come back and visit and tell your friends about us!

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