Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The railroad brought a business boom. Farmers received feed, fertilizer, and farm machinery by rail. In turn they shipped grain, livestock, and dairy products eastward. Mills, manufacturers, and retail stores sprang up nearby.
Like other railroad towns in western Loudoun County, Purcellville was a popular summer resort. Former hotels and boarding houses still line Maine Street. In the late 19th- and early 20th centuries special trains brought hundreds to the summer Bush Meeting, a few days of religious revivals, prohibition lectures, and entertainment.
September's Emancipation Day saw the arrival of African Americans for an annual day-long celebration of freedom. Segregation laws regulated these people to the "colored" waiting room for the return trains.
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. 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. Beyond Purcellville (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 side of the marker is a diagram of the station layout circa 1904. Freight cars were pushed on a side track for loading and unloading. A photograph shows the station's ticket office. The background of the marker is a view looking westward from Purcellville Station, 1951, with the diesel-electric self-propelled No. 45.
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