Roundhouse Ornament (2012)
This 2012 Historic Alexandria Christmas Ornament depicts the roundhouse of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, which originally stood just south of the 1300 block of Duke Street in Alexandria. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1848, the O & A was one of Virginia's earliest rail lines, connecting the busy port of Alexandria with central Virginia farms, forests, and the city of Richmond. During the Civil War, the O & A was heavily fought over, since it led from Union-occupied Alexandria straight to the Confederate capital. The roundhouse itself was built in 1851, and included a turntable to move locomotives around inside it for cleaning and repairs.


Item #002704

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