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Emporia in Greensville County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Emporia Railroad History

 
 
Emporia Railroad History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Emporia Railroad History Marker
Inscription. The Petersburg Railroad was constructed in the early 1830s between Petersburg, Virgina and Weldon, North Carolina, through the towns of Belfield and Hicksford (present-day Emporia). It is considered the first railroad in the South built in a north-south direction. During the Civil War, the railroad carried food and equipment to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. A skirmish on 8 December 1864 destroyed the tracks here and temporarily disrupted Lee’s supply route. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad bought the Petersburg Railroad in 1893. In 1967, it was renamed the Seaboard Coast Line and in 1985 the CSX Railroad.
 
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM 44.)
 
Location. 36° 41.571′ N, 77° 32.188′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia, in Greensville County. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Street and Baker Street, on the right when traveling north on Halifax Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); Butts Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fearnought (approx. 0.2
Emporia Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. Emporia Train Depot
miles away); Hicksford Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hicksford Raid Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tarleton's Movements (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial League WWI Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Emporia.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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