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This village, originally named Snickersville after a local ferryman, grew when two turnpikes converged in the 1830s. Snickersville was a link connecting the commerce of the Shenandoah Valley and western Loudoun County with Alexandria. Railroads stalemated the town's development after the Civil War, and to spur tourist traffic it was renamed Bluemont, because Snickersville was the “ugliest name on the most beautiful of spots.” The town has a number of stone buildings dating from the pre–Civil War years and a few remains of late nineteenth-century boardinghouses.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Bluemont", [Alexandria, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 109-109.

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