“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Millboro in Bath County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Millboro Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2013
1. Millboro Marker
Inscription.  Millboro began as a settlement around Cady’s Tunnel, built by the Central Virginia Railroad. By 1856 the tracks extended from Richmond to Cabin Creek nearby. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers marched westward down the old Crooked Spur road; army supplies unloaded here were hauled in wagons pulled by confiscated horses. After the war, the town prospered while the railroad brought hundreds of travelers bound for the nearby springs resorts, and while its stockyards shipped large numbers of livestock. When automobile travel and truck-hauling increased, the railroad declined. Stockyards emptied, hotels closed, businesses left, and Millboro settled into a quiet life.
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 37° 58.501′ N, 79° 36.185′ 
Millboro Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2013
2. Millboro Marker
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W. Marker is in Millboro, Virginia, in Bath County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Route 644) and Church Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millboro VA 24460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. T. C. Walker School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Camp Mont Shenandoah (approx. 2.2 miles away); Windy Cove Presbyterian Church (approx. 2½ miles away); Fort Dickinson (approx. 3.2 miles away); Bath County / Rockbridge County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Goshen First Aid Crew Inc. (approx. 5.9 miles away); Youel-Condon House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Alleghany County / Rockbridge County (approx. 7.3 miles away).
Regarding Millboro. The Central Virginia Railroad line through Millboro became the main line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad running from Newport News, Virginia, to Cincinnati, Ohio. Today this portion of the old C&O main line is operated by the Buckingham Branch Railroad. Amtrak’s Cardinal between Washington and Chicago travels through Millboro (but does not stop). During the heyday of American passenger railroading, all of C&O’s named trains passed through Millboro without stopping. Millboro itself was served by three local trains in each direction. The tunnel, now called Millboro Tunnel, is just west of town.

Main Street eastbound turns north then northwest
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to become Crooked Spur Road, which hairpins over to Millboro Springs to meet Virginia Routes 42 and 39. Millboro may have been on a main railroad line, but it was never on a main highway. Routes 39 and 42 are 10 or more minutes away over crooked narrow roads.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 964 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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