Near Mount Solon in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The village of Stokesville, established by 1901, became a boomtown after the Chesapeake Western Railway was extended here in 1902. Tram lines into the mountains brought timber to the rail head. Lumber mills, bark tanneries, a stave and heading factory, and other enterprises attracted many workers, and the town’s population reached 1500 by 1905. A passenger depot, post office, hospital, hotels, stores, and a church served the community. Stokesville declined after 1910 as the area’s timber supply dwindled. A flood in 1949 destroyed most of its remaining structures. The town was named for the Stokes family, financial backers of the railroad.
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. It was dedicated September 25, 2016. (Marker Number W-241.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 38° 21.317′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Solon VA 22843, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mossy Creek (approx. 6.6 miles away); Bridgewater College (approx. 7.1 miles away); Rockingham County / Augusta County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Mount Pleasant (approx. 8˝ miles away); Colonel George Moffett (approx. 8˝ miles away); James Edward Hanger (approx. 9 miles away); Bridgewater (approx. 9.4 miles away); a different marker also named Bridgewater (approx. 9.4 miles away).
Regarding Stokesville. The United States Board of Geographic Names no longer lists Stokesville an official place name. Google Maps will not find it.
Also see . . .
1. Chesapeake Western Railway. Wikipedia entry:
“It extended from Elkton on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Rockingham County to Stokesville in Augusta Country at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains. At Elkton, it interchanged with the Norfolk and Western Railway. At Harrisonburg (Submitted on September 25, 2016.)
2. Stokesville Virginia, from past to present. Website honepage (Submitted on April 12, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 25, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.