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Recovery and Progress

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. Recovery and Progress Marker
Inscription. Franklin's location at the junction of a railroad and important water route offered opportunities that attracted new people, so the town rapidly recovered from the War. In 1866 the Albemarle steam Navigation Company was reorganized and the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad was rebuilt. Franklin's steamboat lines built new wharves and the town's trade in lumber and peanuts, the region's principal products, grew steadily. Franklin elected its first municipal government in 1869 and incorporated in 1876. In 1879, impressed with the quantity of goods carried on the Blackwater - Chowan route, the government cleared navigational obstructions between Franklin and Edenton. Though a fire destroyed almost everything from the railroad to First Avenue in 1881, the business district was soon rebuilt in brick and stone. In the 1890s Franklin erected naphtha street lights downtown, installed a telephone system, built two new schools, and bought a pumper fire fighting machine.

"No place on earth could have undergone more changes... than Franklin. Our surprise was unbounded as we looked in vain for old and familiar residences and business stands only to find them improved beyond recognition, or entirely removed, and their places supplied by others neat and pretty."
The Norfolk Virginian, August 1874

" A few of the rich had
Recovery and Progress Marker, right, seen along Main Street (U.S. 258) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
2. Recovery and Progress Marker, right, seen along Main Street (U.S. 258)
electric lights [in 1906], as the Town had built an electric light plant and was operating a generator in the ninties."

Edward F. Gilliam

Time Line included:
1879 - Obstructions are cleared from the Blackwater to the Neely Mill
1881 - "The Great fire of 1881" destroys most of Franklin
1886 - P.D. Camp and Company buy the Neely sawmill. Vaughan and Company, Franklin's first bank is established
1887 - Camp Manufacturing Company is organized.
1888 - The Atlantic and Danville Railroad is built through Franklin.
1890 - Franklin Male Academy, a private school is established.
1894 - Franklin Female Seminary is organized as a private school.
1898 - The Spanish - American War is declared. Franklin sends men, led by General C.C. Vaughn Jr. to fight in Cuba.
1901 - Franklin Builds a water tank.
 
Location. 36° 40.469′ N, 76° 55.175′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 258) near South Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Age of Gasoline (here, next to this marker); "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" (here, next to this marker); War Comes to the Blackwater
Lower left picture image. Click for full size.
Recovery and Progress Marker, Southampton Historical Society, Webb Family Archives, `
3. Lower left picture
Mrs Della Hayden founded the Franklin Normal and Industrial School... and Miss Fannie Webb opened a Euphradian Institute...
(here, next to this marker); The Age of Steam (here, next to this marker); The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family (here, next to this marker); Confederate Commissary Center (a few steps from this marker); The Blackwater Line (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Upper center picture image. Click for full size.
Recovery and Progress Marker City of Franklin, Southampton Historical Society, `
4. Upper center picture
The Nanacoke, ca. 1900 a wartime blockade runner named Ella... Main Street facing north...
Center Picture image. Click for full size.
By Recovery and Progress Marker, `
5. Center Picture
Albemarle Steam Navigation Company schedule, 1909... Seaboard Line passenger station, ca. 1900
Lower center picture image. Click for full size.
By Recovery and Progress Marker, 1908 postcard, City of Franklin, `
6. Lower center picture
Franklin Female Seminary, established in 1894... Seaboard Line locomotive in Portsmouth, ca 1914...
Right side picture image. Click for full size.
By Recovery and Progress Marker, Joe B. Gay III, `
7. Right side picture
The Gardner & Lee Store, Main Street, ca. 1880...
Franklin Time Line 1879 - 1901 image. Click for full size.
By Recovery and Progress Marker, `
8. Franklin Time Line 1879 - 1901
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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