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Afton in Nelson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District

 
 
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By Pete Payette, August 10, 2017
1. Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District Marker
Inscription.  At its western edge, this 16,300-acre historic district takes in Rockfish Gap, which at 1,903' elevation is the lowest passage through the Blue Ridge Mountains for a span of more than 110 miles. The district has been a focal point for routes converging from the east toward the gap since the days of buffalo trails and Native American footpaths. Passage of major transportation routes through Greenwood and Afton has enhanced the agricultural economy of these communities and allowed the district to serve as a vital link between two culturally distinct geographical provinces of Virginia, its Piedmont to the east and its Shenandoah Valley to the west.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-239.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 38° 1.994′ N, 78° 51.122′ W. Marker is in Afton, Virginia, in Nelson County. Marker is on Interstate 64 at milepost 100, half a mile east of U.S. 250, on the right when traveling east. It is at the first scenic
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By Pete Payette, August 10, 2017
2. Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District Marker
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overlook east of the Skyline Drive exit (Exit 99). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Afton VA 22920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flight of Richard C. duPont (here, next to this marker); Rockfish Gap Meeting (here, next to this marker); Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Laborers (approx. ¼ mile away); The Blue Ridge Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); Nelson County / Augusta County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claudius Crozet (approx. 0.3 miles away); Park-to-Park Beauty (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Afton.
 
More about this marker. Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of I–64.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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