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C&O Railway Depot

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1914–1915. Southeast side of Edgar Ave. on axis with Cedar St.

This two-story brown brick building with onestory wings on both sides is a far larger terminal than one would expect to find in a place the size of Ronceverte. Part of the reason was that it also served as the station for nearby Lewisburg, and its second floor was designed to accommodate offices of the Greenbrier division of the C&O. This branch line, paralleling the Greenbrier River 100 miles upstream to its source in Pocahontas County, served primarily to transport lumber.

The depot is notable for its broad-eaved hipped roofs supported on nearly horizontal brackets. These are evenly spaced between window and door openings and help give the building its Craftsman character. The depot became a history center during Ronceverte's 1982 centennial, and interpretive displays of the city's railroad and lumber history remain in the small yard around the station.

Note: Greenbrier County entries GR26 and GR27 are located in the town of Alderson, which is partly in Greenbrier County and partly in Monroe County. In order not to divide the community in half, these two entries are listed with those in Monroe County (see page 161).

Writing Credits

Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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