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Waynesboro, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port Republic Road Historic District

 
 
Port Republic Road Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Wilson, March 2, 2011
1. Port Republic Road Historic District Marker
Inscription. This is Waynesboro's oldest intact neighborhood. It coalesced as a community about 1870, just after the Civil War, when formerly enslaved individuals moved here to work in nearby industries and on railroads. The African American residents constructed most of the buildings here between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. The community's Rosenwald School and Shiloh Baptist Church were both constructed in 1924. One of the earliest houses in the district, a circa 1818 dwelling, was built on Riverside Drive. Designated the Port Republic Road Historic District, the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in in 2002.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
 
Location. 38° 4.53′ N, 78° 53.136′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Port Republic Rd (Virginia Route 865) and Fontaine St, on the left when traveling north on Port Republic Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro VA 22980, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waynesboro (approx. half a mile away);
Rosenwald School image. Click for full size.
By Jim Wilson, March 2, 2011
2. Rosenwald School
Currently the site of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department and Port Republic Neighborhood Community Center
a different marker also named Waynesboro (approx. half a mile away); Fishburne Military School (approx. 0.6 miles away); William H. Harman Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plumb House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Early’s Last Battle (approx. one mile away); W. J. Loth (approx. one mile away); Virginia Metalcrafters (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesboro.
 
More about this marker. The marker is at the site of the Rosenwald School, constructed for African-American students during the era of segregation. It is now the site of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department, and is also used as a community center for neighborhood residents.
 
Also see . . .  Images of America, Waynesboro by Elizabeth Massie and Cortney Skinner. This book is a pictorial history of Waynesboro and Basic City, which combined in 1923 to form the current city of Waynesboro. (Submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords.
Shiloh Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Jim Wilson, March 2, 2011
3. Shiloh Baptist Church
The church is located at 258 Shiloh Ave, about a quarter mile south and a block east of the Port Republic marker
Rosenwald, Shiloh, Basic City
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Shiloh Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Wilson, March 2, 2011
4. Shiloh Church Marker
This marker, located at Shiloh Baptist Church, provides additional information on the Port Republic Road neighborhood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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