Parks & Rec “Hall of Honor” inducts Bailey and Scullin
The inductions honor Ron Scullin for his work to interpret and share railroad history and Carl Bailey for his advocacy of recreational programs that serve Fauquier youngsters.
The Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Board this week inducted Carl A. Bailey of Midland and Ronald L. Scullin of Warrenton into its Hall of Honor.
The ceremony took place Monday, May 14, at The Retreat at Eastwood near Warrenton.
His induction recognizes 28 years of dedicated service on the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Board, including 17 years as chairman, and his advocacy for children to participate in recreational activities.
Mr. Bailey also worked quietly with benefactors to provide a wide variety of recreational facilities for all ages. He has played instrumental roles in the development or improvement of many recreational facilities, including Monroe Park, Marshall Community Center, Larry Weeks Community Pool, Warrenton Branch Greenway, the Northern, Southern, and soon-to-be-constructed Central Sports complexes, Vint Hill Village Green and School House 18 near Marshall.
“Fauquier County has Mr. Bailey to thank for his vision and creation of Fauquier Youth Baseball in 1975,” Parks and Recreation Board Chairman Donald Johnson said. His directorship through 1988 provided Fauquier Youth Baseball with valuable leadership needed to create a durable organization.
“He continues to be a staunch advocate for children to be able to participate in all recreational programs regardless of the ability to pay,” Mr. Johnson added. “Carl Bailey’s dream is to see the southern and central sports complexes opened and usable before leaving the board.
“From the first time we met, Carl Bailey’s mantra was, ‘We are doing this is for the kids,’ and he still says this in meetings now.”
Reminiscing over the years served on the Parks and Recreation board, Mr. Bailey said, “It’s been a long time and a lot of fun.”
His induction recognizes diligent volunteerism with the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department for more than 20 years through presentation and interpretation of the historical significance of the railroad.
Mr. Scullin volunteered as a leader of the Piedmont Railroaders, which accomplished a three-year project to ultimately move the Norfolk & Western Railway Caboose 518554 to the Warrenton Branch Greenway. He also served as head of the Friends of the Warrenton Caboose, conducting thousands of hours of railroad history research and collecting and displaying hundreds of historical artifacts.
Mr. Scullin arranged for the resources to restore and maintain the vintage caboose, often voluntarily staffing it during regular public openings, open houses and holiday events. He also oversaw the design of two interpretive display signs for the Warrenton Railroad Turntable.
His endeavor to make railroad history via the caboose will benefit future generations.
“My original goal was to spend maybe six months on this project, and then I got hooked, and as they say, the rest is history,” Mr. Scullin said.
“Thank you, Ron, for preserving the history of the caboose for many generations to come,” said Clayton Lescalleet, Scott District representative on the Parks and Recreation Board. “The caboose has become a focal point in the Warrenton community to both the residents and tourists.”
Nominations for next year’s Hall of Honor inductee class open June 1. Click here for department contact information.