Franklin, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Age of Steam
"On approaching ... [the Blackwater] station ... one looks in vain for the promised steamboat that is to convey him to Edenton. ... Anon, a blowing and fizzing draws his attention to... a white column of steam rising from the midst of the forest, and [he] follows a narrow path... [to] a very promising steamboat. Then, looking over her stern, he sees the Blackwater River, a narrow,
David H. Strother ("Porte Crayon"), 1856
(Included Time Line: 1835 - 1861)
1835 - The Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad Crosses the Blackwater
1836 - Steamboats begin making regular trips on the Blackwater
1847 - Richard & Mary Murfee Barrett complete their home and open it to boarders.
1848 - William Murfee builds "River Lawn," the first large house in the village.
1850 - The Clyde Line, a steamboat company, is established.
1856 - John Frisbee Starts a sawmill across the river.
1857 - The Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad moves the depot to Franklin. The Barretts open a larger hotel.
1858 - The Masonic Lodge - often referred to as "the Academy" and used as community hall, school, and church - is built
1860 - The Albemarle Steam Packet Company is chartered.
1861 - Virginia secedes from the Union as the War Between the States begins.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family (here, next to this marker); War Comes to the Blackwater (here, next to this marker); "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" (here, next to this marker); The Age of Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Recovery and Progress (here, next to this marker); Confederate Commissary Center (a few steps from this marker); The Blackwater Line (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Franklin (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Franklin.
Also see . . . Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, from Wikipedia. In the early 19th century, competition was fierce among Virginia's port cities to be the point where export products such as tobacco could be transferred to ocean-going and coast-wise shipping. Canals, turnpikes and railroads became important conduits in the antebellum period in Virginia. ... (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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