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Historical Markers in Afton, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Albemarle County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Albemarle County, VA (119) Augusta County, VA (68) Buckingham County, VA (37) Charlottesville Ind. City, VA (67) Fluvanna County, VA (29) Greene County, VA (8) Louisa County, VA (43) Nelson County, VA (40) Orange County, VA (159) Rockingham County, VA (93)  AlbemarleCounty(119) Albemarle County (119)  AugustaCounty(68) Augusta County (68)  BuckinghamCounty(37) Buckingham County (37)  (67) Charlottesville (67)  FluvannaCounty(29) Fluvanna County (29)  GreeneCounty(8) Greene County (8)  LouisaCounty(43) Louisa County (43)  NelsonCounty(40) Nelson County (40)  OrangeCounty(159) Orange County (159)  RockinghamCounty(93) Rockingham County (93)
Charlottesville is the county seat for Albemarle County
Afton is in Albemarle County
      Albemarle County (119)  
ADJACENT TO ALBEMARLE COUNTY
      Augusta County (68)  
      Buckingham County (37)  
      Charlottesville (67)  
      Fluvanna County (29)  
      Greene County (8)  
      Louisa County (43)  
      Nelson County (40)  
      Orange County (159)  
      Rockingham County (93)  
 
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1Virginia (Albemarle County), Afton — Z-20 — Albemarle County / Nelson County
Albemarle County. Albemarle County was formed in 1744 from Goochland County and named for William Anne Keppel, the second Earl of Albemarle, titular governor of Virginia from 1737 to 1754. A portion of Louisa County was later added to . . . Map (db m4030) HM
2Virginia (Augusta County), Afton — Park-to-Park BeautyShenandoah National Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Shortly after Congress authorized the creation of two new eastern national parks—Shenandoah and Great Smokey Mountains—President Franklin Roosevelt saw great opportunity in constructing the first "national rural parkway" to connect . . . Map (db m170604) HM
3Virginia (Augusta County), Afton — Tiny Creatures Of The Dark
During Restoration of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, measures were taken to minimize disturbance of wildlife. With removal of bulkheads from the center, the passage can now provide additional, ideal wintering habitat for bats and year-round habitats for . . . Map (db m196499) HM
4Virginia (Augusta County), Afton — Welcome to Shenandoah National ParkShenandoah National Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
…for the recreation and the re-creation they shall find here. — President Franklin Roosevelt, Shenandoah's Dedication
Shenandoah National Park was established in 1935 to bring the western . . . Map (db m170602) HM
5Virginia (Augusta County), Afton — West Side Features Then & Now
Census records and other documents prove that hundreds of the Irish immigrants who worked on the Blue Ridge Railroad resided in Augusta county. Many rented houses or built shanties that lined both sides of the Rockfish Gap Turnpike. From the bottom . . . Map (db m196501) HM
6Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Claudius CrozetThe Blue Ridge Tunnel
Claudius Crozet (1789-1864) was born in France and grew up in Paris. In June 1816, he married, and the newlyweds soon sailed to the United States. They landed in a country that matched Crozet's temperament. In France, he had studied engineering, . . . Map (db m170627) HM
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7Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Crozet Blue Ridge TunnelNational Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
The Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, 4,273 feet in length, was the longest railroad tunnel in North America when constructed in 1849-1858. Irish and enslaved craftsmen and laborers excavated the tunnel using hand drills and black powder. Chief Engineer . . . Map (db m170631) HM
8Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — East TrailheadBlue Ridge Tunnel
The Blue Ridge Tunnel was constructed between 1849 and 1859 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. The tunnel first opened in 1858 to allow rail access through Afton Mountain. It was designed by French immigrant . . . Map (db m170605) HM
9Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — W-219 — Flight of Richard C. duPont
Near this site on September 21, 1933, Richard C. duPont was launched from Afton Mountain in his Bowlus sailplane, Albatross. Four hours and fifty minutes later he landed at Frederick, Maryland, establishing a United States distance record for . . . Map (db m21799) HM
10Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — W-239 — Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District
At its western edge, this 16,300-acre historic district takes in Rockfish Gap, which at 1,903' elevation is the lowest passage through the Blue Ridge Mountains for a span of more than 110 miles. The district has been a focal point for routes . . . Map (db m106831) HM
11Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Z-111 — Nelson County / Augusta County
Nelson County. Nelson County was named for Thomas Nelson, Governor of Virginia from June to November, 1871. It was formed in 1807 from Amherst County. Oak Ridge, birthplace of William Cabell Rives and later the residence of Thomas Fortune . . . Map (db m21701) HM
12Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Rockfish Gap
Low passway across Blue Ridge, elev. 1909. Served the buffalo, Indian, and covered wagon. Thomas Jefferson came via stage coach in 1818 to Rockfish Tavern. He presided over a prominent group who resolved to locate the University of Virginia "in the . . . Map (db m71553) HM
13Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — W-218 — Rockfish Gap Meeting
The commission appointed to select a site for the University of Virginia met 1-4 August 1818 in the tavern that stood nearby. Among the 21 members present were former presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, as well as judges Spencer Roane, . . . Map (db m21831) HM
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14Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — The Blue Ridge RailroadThe Blue Ridge Tunnel
Chief engineer Claudius Crozet divided the Blue Ridge Railroad into sixteen construction sections, but not all at once. Section one was the Blue Ridge Tunnel and 1,000 feet beyond each portal. Sections two, three and four moved east from Nelson . . . Map (db m170628) HM
15Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — The LaborersThe Blue Ridge Tunnel
In early 1850, hundreds of Irish famine immigrants poured into the counties of Albemarle, Nelson and Augusta. Accompanied by relatives, they came to build the Blue Ridge Railroad and its four tunnels. Those working in the Blue Ridge Tunnel . . . Map (db m170630) HM
16Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Virginia's Nineteenth-Century Transportation ChallengesThe Blue Ridge Tunnel
At the close of the eighteenth century, Virginia stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ohio River. The coastal plain, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Alleghany Mountains lay between, with the James River running east to west. From the . . . Map (db m170607) HM
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2022