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Beaverdam Train Depot, Beaverdam, VA

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About twenty five miles north of Richmond, Virginia, is the unincorporated town of Beaverdam. It is not much of a town, but it is the home of Thomas Nelson Page, a famous author in the twentieth century, and an old train depot. Some of you are saying that many small towns across the nation have old train depots. That is true, but this depot has a history unlike any train depot in the country.
The train depot was built in 1840 to serve the farmers in the areas surrounding the town. As it was strategic for area farmers, it also became strategic during the American Civil War. It was first raided by the Union Army on July 20, 1862 where they captured John Mosby, a Confederate Colonel known as the ‘Gray Ghost’, as he was waiting on a train. After the raid, the station was rebuilt, and it served as a depot until February 29, 1864, when the Union Army raided the station again and burned it down… again. It was rebuilt again only to be burned down again on May 9 of the same year by General George Custer. It was rebuilt again and was rededicated in 1866, and the structure still remains today although it is no longer used as a depot. (The date that railroad service ceased to serve the depot is unknown.) If you visit the depot, you may be fortunate to watch a train roll by.
The town of Beaverdam is a twenty minute drive from I-95 along rural roads. (It is definitely an out-of-the-way location.) The depot is located at the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Beaver Dam School Road right next to the railroad crossing. It is a quiet and peaceful place to come and see a place that was burned down three times and still stands today. The depot is on the National Registry of Historical Places.

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