Friday, May 22, 2015

Boyce Depot

Boyce, Virginia 

The town of Boyce grew up around the Shenandoah Valley Railroad which later became part of the Norfolk and Western Railway. In around 1910, Norfolk and Western made plans to replace the existing station with a new small wooden station. The citizens of Boyce, in a spirit of community pride, raised money to help fund a large station and convinced the railroad to build elaborate station that still stands today.

The new station was completed in 1913. The November 26, 1913 edition of the Clarke County Courier boasted:

"The new N & W station, with fine concrete platforms and promenade, long train shed, electric-lighted throughout, with all modern conveniences for the comfort of patrons, is a great addition to the town."

The station is now home to the Railway Mail Service Library.

Have a relaxing (Memorial Day if you are in the USA) weekend and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Northbound freight

White Post, Virginia 

The tracks through White Post today are part of the Norfolk Southern's Shenandoah Valley Main Line, Hagerstown Division. While I was photographing the depot, I heard a whistle blowing in the distance and soon a northbound freight, led by locomotive 7547, a GE ES40DC, roared past the old building without slowing down. 

Monday, May 18, 2015


White Post, Virginia 

The depot at White Post was originally a part of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad which stretched from Hagerstown, Maryland to Roanoke, Virginia. The original station was dismantled in 1950 and this smaller structure replaced it. (The Norfolk and Western Historical Society archives has a picture of the first White Post station here.)

The Shenandoah Valley Railroad was chartered in 1867. It reorganized following bankruptcy as the Shenandoah Valley Railway in 1890 and later that same year was absorbed by the Norfolk and Western Railroad.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Third Sunday - May 2015

White Post, Virginia

Meade Memorial Episcopal Church - 1868

This elaborate Gothic Revival church is the centerpiece of the tiny village of White Post. The church was constructed by local craftsman around 1875 to honor Bishop William Meade, who was born at White Post in 1789. He was instrumental in the revival of the Episcopal Church in Virginia in the years following the War of 1812.

The town of White Post grew up around the crossroads marked by a white post erected in the 1760s by Lord Fairfax. The octagonal wooden post has been replaced several times but stands today in the same spot with its original form intact.

Friday, May 15, 2015