Ashburn in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Loudoun County had more than 1,200 farms at the time. The railroad transported the cash crops of wheat, corn, and oats as well as livestock and dairy products. By 1891, early morning trains through Farmwell carried some 4,000 gallons of milk to Washington each day.
Not all milk reached its destination. Certain crewmen sometimes churned milk into butter during the trip, sold it at the next stop, kept the money, and discarded the empty milk cans in Goose Creek.
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 2.638′ N, 77° 29.233′ W. Marker is in Ashburn, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Ashburn Road (County Route 641), on the right Touch for map. Located about 10 feet from the road on the W&OD Trail, adjacent to a trail parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Ashburn VA 20147, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ashburn School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norman's Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Belmont (approx. 2 miles away); Diesel Trains on the W&OD (approx. 2.4 miles away); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mosby’s Rangers (approx. 3.2 miles away); Rails to Dulles Airport (approx. 3.2 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road IV (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashburn.
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows Ashburn station in the early 1900s. An inset photo shows General Electric diesel locomotives, such as No. 57, hauled freight along the W&OD. The engineer pictured is Dolph Cunningham. Another inset photo shows Milk can used on the W&OD.
Also see . . . Ashburn Station. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,165 times since then and 209 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.