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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norman-Harding Barn
(The "Wharf")
 
Norman-Harding Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
1. Norman-Harding Barn Marker
 
Inscription. "The Wharf" refers not only to the entire two-block area, but also to the Norman-Harding Barn, itself the original "Wharf." This building is on its original site.

Since its construction around 1890, the two-story barn served as a storage warehouse in the heart of the old railroad industrial district. The warehouse held incoming and outgoing merchandise that moved via the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Salted herrings, a seasonal specialty from Tidewater, Virginia, came by the barrel for sale to purchasers at the Wharf. By the 1920's, the warehouse held farm machinery, as well as wagons, buggies and other equipment.

Local newspaper stories describe a bustling inland wharf, with farm wagons from across the county lined up for blocks to load their goods. The activity echoed that of waterside wharves. Today, the paradox of Leesburg's "Wharf" still holds true - it's dry as a bone and never berthed a ship!
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.744′ N, 77° 33.803′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of South Street and Harrison Street, on the right when traveling west on South Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
 
Norman-Harding Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
2. Norman-Harding Barn
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Log House (a few steps from this marker); Dairy Barn (a few steps from this marker); Stationmaster's House (within shouting distance of this marker); McKimmey's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Osterburg Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tolbert Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leesburg Freight Station (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

2. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 
 
Street Side View of the "Wharf" Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
3. Street Side View of the "Wharf"
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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