Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Reestablishing a Travel Way
The many culverts along this railway were established during its construction, before the Civil War. Where the land is little altered, these drainage features remain intact and functional. Stormwater flowing off of new roads, rooftops, and parking lots, however, has overwhelmed others and the additional water has invariably cut its own path. In this location the rail embankment eroded away and attempted repairs with concrete were unsuccessful.
When the historic stone culvert became blocked, this small creek established a new channel through this man-made barrier, exposing the old culvert to further damage. During trail construction, work crews placed a new concrete culvert alongside the historic culvert and then backﬁlled with gravel to cover it up. This work arrested the ongoing damage and stabilized the historic feature.
Though increased stormwater from modern development has caused some of the original stone culverts to collapse, many others remain intact along this historic railway. Their natural material blends into the landscape.
During trail construction, workers carefully
An early attempt to encase the old culvert in concrete proved futile. Same old rails were used as reinforcement and are visible across the trail to your right.
When the original culvert became blocked, the persistent power of water forced its way through the rail embankment. Remnants of the stone culvert, since covered over, are visible on the right. View is looking toward Hazel Run.
Erected by Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Office.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fredericksburg: Timeless. series list.
Location. 38° 16.932′ N, 77° 29.663′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Kings Mill Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located along the Virginia Central Railway Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Railway, With Tracks and Without (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Walker Landram House (approx. ¼ mile away); Virginia Central Railway Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fredericksburg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Building a Railroad Through a Stream Valley (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lee’s Position (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lee’s Hill (approx. one mile away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.