Bluemont in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Bluemont Historic District
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 6.655′ N, 77° 50.07′ W. Marker is in Bluemont, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Snickersville Turnpike (County Route 734) and Clayton Hall Road (County Route 760), on the left when traveling west on Snickersville Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker is directly across 734 where 760 tees into it. Marker is in this post office area: Bluemont VA 20135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Airy Fight (approx. ¾ mile away); Crook and Early (was approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Forerunner of Wireless Telegraphy (was approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Appalachian Trail and Bears Den (approx. one mile away); Battle of Cool Spring (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cool Spring The Retreat (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cool Spring (approx. 3.4 miles away).
Regarding Bluemont Historic District. The unincorporated town of Bluemont, formerly Snickersville, dates back to pre-Revolutionary days. It was the western terminus of the Washington & Old Dominion railroad.
Also see . . .
1. Snickersville Turnpike Association. (Submitted on December 8, 2007.)
2. Bluemont Historic District. (PDF) Documentation for the Bluemont Historic District's nomination to the National Register. (Submitted on December 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Friends of Bluemont. Check out the photos on the “Special Places In and Around Bluemont” page. (Submitted on December 20, 2007.)
1. Bluemont Historic District
In more recent years, three organizations have worked to try to preserve the scenic character of the area. The Bluemont Citizens Association has coordinated the Bluemont Fair each year since the 1970s. The Snickersville Turnpike Association (link 1 above) has worked to keep Rt. 734 a scenic by-way. It and the Friends of Bluemont (link 3) have pictures and histories on their
— Submitted December 8, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia.
2. From “Virginia: The WPA Guide to the Old Dominion”
In 1940, under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers Project produced guides to the individual states. In detailing the 71-mile trip from Alexanderia to Winchester (Tour 13), the Guide reports:
“At 51.5 m. is a junction with State 245.”
“Left here steeply to BLUEMONT, 0.4 m., a handful of houses and a store or two at the foot of the mountain whose slopes are covered with hepatica in the spring. Until 1900, the hamlet was called Snickersville. Glimpsed through the trees on the mountainside are many summer homes of Washington’s official and diplomatic set.”
— Submitted March 13, 2008, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia.
Additional keywords. Snickersville, Snickersville Turnpike, Snickers Gap, W&OD Railroad, Gen. Sheridan
Categories. • Landmarks • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,200 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 22, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. 10. submitted on December 8, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. 11, 12. submitted on December 23, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.