(16) Railroad Era

1881 to 1910

During the 1880s, railroads were built connecting most Albemarle counties with traditional market cities in North Carolina and Virginia. Fast and reliable, these railroads brought unprecedented growth to older towns, the establishment of new towns and communities, and allowed a major expansion of timbering, agriculture, and manufacturing endeavors. Such growth resulted in significant improvements in education, a broadening of commercial activity, and dramatic increases in domestic comfort and leisure activities. Throughout this portion of the exhibit, you will see items and hear stories that relate to these changes