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The Countryside Transformed: Genesis of a Railroad Town: Parksley, Virginia, 1884-1904

Genesis of a Railroad images

Genesis of a Railroad Town is an interactive website tracing the development of Parksley from the town’s beginnings with the coming of the railroad in 1884 and the formation of the Parksley Land and Improvement Company (PLIC) in 1885 to its incorporation in 1904. The website uses deeds, photographs, newspaper excerpts, and federal census data to provide a digital visualization of the emergence of a railroad town.

The resources collected in Genesis of a Railroad Town may be accessed by clicking on individual lots or on the timeline. The View Option enables specialized searches of material and manipulation of the timeline. Genesis of a Railroad Town: Parksley, Virginia, 1884-1904, is a joint project of the Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL), Accomac, Virginia, and of the Science, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives at the University of Virginia (SHANTI), Charlottesville.

Genesis of a Railroad Town is funded by the Fair Play Foundation of Wilmington, Delaware. The project was made possible by the enthusiasm of Thomas H. Fooks V and made reality by the hard work of Bill Ferster of SHANTI and Rachelle Luttig of the ESPL. Arthur K. Fisher and Kirk C. Mariner gave advice and ESPL Director Carol Vincent provided encouragement. The Eastern Shore Railway Museum and the Town of Parksley graciously allowed access to their photograph collections.

For corrections or suggestions contact Brooks Miles Barnes, Project Director, at mbarnes@espl.lib.va.us.

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