Eagle Rock, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

U.S. Route 220 Going Under Eagle Rock.

The small unincorporated town of Eagle Rock is in the western part of the U.S. state of Virginia that is situated off U.S. Route 220 between the railroad meccas of Roanoke and Clifton Forge. It is situated on the Jackson River, the same James River, and it was a canal town on the James River and Kanawha Canal. What is the town’s claim to fame? It was the home to a lime kiln. Limestone was mined from quarries in the region and brought here to be refined in the kiln.

Ruins of the Lime Kiln

How was the lime shipped from eagle rock?

The Ruins of an Oven.

In the beginning, it was shipped on barges through the canal. When the canal system went under, the railroad played a major role in the shipment of the lime. The Richmond and Alleghany Railroad converged…

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