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Beaverdam in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Depot at Beaver Dam

 
 
The Depot at Beaver Dam image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, February 4, 2008
1. The Depot at Beaver Dam
Inscription. The first railroad depot at Beaver Dam was built ca. 1840 to serve the farmers of Hanover and Louisa counties. Its strategic location during the Civil War made it a target of many Union raids. The July 20, 1862, raid saw the depot burned and Colonel John S. Mosby, the Gray Ghost, captured as he awaited a train to take him to General Stonewall Jackson. Rebuilt after this raid, the deopt was again burned by Union troops on February 29, 1864, and May 9, 1864, the last time by the cavalry of General George A. Custer. The existing depot was rebuilt and rededicated in 1866.
 
Erected 1990 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number ND-8.)
 
Location. 37° 56.499′ N, 77° 39.273′ W. Marker is in Beaverdam, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Beaverdam School Road (County Route 739) 0.1 miles from Beaverdam Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beaverdam VA 23015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beaver Dam School (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Clark Birthplace (approx. 5.6 miles away); Jerdone Castle (approx. 6.8 miles away);
Looking east toward the depot. image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, February 4, 2008
2. Looking east toward the depot.
Scotchtown (approx. 7.7 miles away); Cedar Creek Quaker Meeting House (approx. 8.3 miles away); Sycamore Tavern (approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named Scotchtown (approx. 8.5 miles away); Golansville Quaker Meetinghouse (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beaverdam.
 
Also see . . .  Beaverdam Depot. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on July 29, 2014, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. John S. Mosby, guerrilla, George A. Custer.
 
Categories. AgricultureRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Looking southwest from in front of the depot. image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, February 4, 2008
3. Looking southwest from in front of the depot.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,437 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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