Friday, June 12, 2015

Passing through

Waverly, Virginia 

William Mahone was the chief engineer for the construction of the Norfolk and Petersburg railroad which was completed in 1858. William and his wife Otelia travelled along the newly completed rail line naming stations. Otelia was reading Sir Walter Scott's Waverly novels and named stations after names in the book. Apparently she and her husband failed to reach agreement on a name for one of the stations, and in the spirit of matrimonial compromise, settled on Disputanta. It's a lovely story, and may even be true.

The railroad tracks, now part of Norfolk Southern Railway, still pass through Waverly, Windsor, Wakefield, Ivor and Disputanta. Have an agreeable weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.


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