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Beaverdam Depot

  • Also Known As: DHL42-81

  • Address: Beaverdam School RD (VA 715)
  • Vicinity: On C and O RR tracks at jct of VA 715 and 739
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Beaverdam Depot, in Hanover County, is a significant example of postbellum railroad architecture in Virginia. Constructed on the site of earlier depots that were destroyed during the Civil War, the building with its sophisticated brickwork symbolizes the increasing importance and power of the railroad in postwar Virginia. The depot also serves as a concrete example of the growing trend toward racial segregation that began in the South during the last quarter of the 19th century and attained legal status shortly after 1900, when separate waiting rooms for black and white passengers were added within the structure. - NRHP Registration, 8 November 1988

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Beaverdam Depot


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1862/07/20 John S Mosby Union Army captures John Mosby and destroys the original depot
1864/05/09 George Armstrong Custer Union commander George Custer destroys 2 rebel trains and 1.5 million rations, frees 375 Union soldiers General Lee had captured at the Wilderness Battle of the Wilderness
1866/00/00 Built
1900/00/00 Separate waiting rooms for black and white passengers are created

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Particulars for Beaverdam Depot:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Level of Significance Local
Owner Private
Civil rights Racial Segregation
Area of Significance Railroad
Historic Use Railroad Depot
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 88002060
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Late victorian
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1866, c 1900
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Rail-related
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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