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Ashburn in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ashburn Station

 
 
Ashburn Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
1. Ashburn Station Marker
Inscription. At least two different railroad stations stood where you are now standing. When the Alexandra, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad (later the W&OD) arrived in 1860, the aptly named crossroads of Farmwell became one of the many rail stops that served agrarian Loudoun County. In 1896, after an ash tree caught fire and supposedly burned for a week, Farmwell changed its name to Ashburn.

Loudoun County had more than 1,200 farms at the time. The railroad transported the cash crops of wheat, corn, and oats as well as livestock and dairy products. By 1891, early morning trains through Farmwell carried some 4,000 gallons of milk to Washington each day.

Not all milk reached its destination. Certain crewmen sometimes churned milk into butter during the trip, sold it at the next stop, kept the money, and discarded the empty milk cans in Goose Creek.
 
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° 2.638′ N, 77° 29.233′ W. Marker is in Ashburn, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Ashburn Road (County Route 641), on the right
Marker along the W&OD Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
2. Marker along the W&OD Trail
when traveling north. Click for map. Located about 10 feet from the road on the W&OD Trail, adjacent to a trail parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Ashburn VA 20147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norman's Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Belmont (approx. 2 miles away); Diesel Trains on the W&OD (approx. 2.4 miles away); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mosby’s Rangers (approx. 3.2 miles away); Rails to Dulles Airport (approx. 3.2 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road IV (approx. 3.7 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road III (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ashburn.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows Ashburn station in the early 1900s. An inset photo shows General Electric diesel locomotives, such as No. 57, hauled freight along the W&OD. The engineer pictured is Dolph Cunningham. Another inset photo shows Milk can used on the W&OD.
 
Also see . . .  Ashburn Station. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Store Along Railroad Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
3. Store Along Railroad
The building across the trail from the marker has been an operating store since the early part of the 20th century. Today it is a BBQ restaurant serving both the Ashburn community and trail riders/walkers.
Old Farmwell - now Ashburn Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
4. Old Farmwell - now Ashburn
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,731 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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