Gordonsville, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Store Front in Gordonsville, Virginia

The town of Gordonsville is a small town near the center of the U.S. state of Virginia. It is named after Nathaniel Gordon who was the town’s first postmaster and established a tavern here in 1794. Some of the taverns famous visitors of the tavern was Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America and the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, James Madison, the fourth President of the United States of America and the author of the United States Constitution, and French Major General Marquis de Lafayette. The tavern was the center of the town until something came along in 1840. What changed the town? We all know it as the railroad.

Through the 1800’s, Gordonville was the junction of two railroads: The Orange and Alexandria Railroad and the Virginia Central Railroad. It was also the western terminus of the Louisa…

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