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Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Beyond Purcellville
 
Beyond Purcellville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 3, 2009
1. Beyond Purcellville Marker
 
Inscription. The trail ends here but the story does not. The founders of the Alexandria, Loudoun, & Hampshire (later the W&OD) sought to rival the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for the coal of West Virginia and the trade of the Ohio Valley. By 1900 the railroad finally reached Snickersville, seven miles west of here, but never continued across the Blue Ridge. Snickersville's name was promptly changed to Bluemont to capitalize on a niche the founders never envisioned: the resort trade.

The hill towns of western Loudoun County provided an escape from summer heat. In 1914 you could pay one dollar for a 2 1/2-hour train ride from Washington to Bluemont. Another dollar got you a motor coach tour that featured views of the Loudoun Valley to the west. Business thrived until the 1930s when automobiles became widely available and tastes in tourism changed. In 1939 service to Bluemont ended, the tracks were torn up, and the right-of-way sold.
 
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 8.311′ N, 77° 42.968′ W. Marker is in Purcellville
 
Markers in front of the Train Station Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 3, 2009
2. Markers in front of the Train Station
 
, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of North 21st Street (County Route 690) and North 23rd Street on North 21st Street. Click for map. Located at the site of the old Purcellville Train Station, at the west end of the W&OD Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purcellville Station (here, next to this marker); Tracks into History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loudoun County Emancipation Association Grounds (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ambush at Purcellville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mother of the Wright Brothers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Goose Creek Friends 1765 Meeting House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Goose Creek Friends 1817 Meeting House (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Purcellville.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a copy of a Washington & Old Dominion brochure promotes western Loudoun County resort towns. Next to it is a photo of a signal lantern. The background of the marker is a photo of Bluemont station in 1918, two years before it was destroyed by fire.
 
Also see . . .  W & OD Railroad. Detailed page on the railroad from Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Trail End Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 3, 2009
3. Trail End
The trail ends here, but the railroad continued beyond to Bluemont to the west.
 
 
Western Trailhead of the W&OD Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 3, 2009
4. Western Trailhead of the W&OD
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 813 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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