Thurmond Railroad

I’ve learned in my travels you never know what you will come across in following the scenic site signs. This was another fascinating find while driving along a narrow 2 lane road for over 10 miles. However, what else was I going to do today?? And here is one of the beautiful sites I came across while driving…

Then out of the blue a train station appeared and a gal in a NPS hat..

Upon chatting her up I was informed this was the Thurmond Historic District. As the National Park brochure states, “in the early 1900s this coal boomtown generated the most freight revenue on the C&O Railway. The restored 1904 depot is a park visitor center.” A train still travels daily through the depot though the town abandoned.

There were many families here and the kids were going gaga over the site as were their parents. Placards in the buildings explain what life was like during this time. Picnic tables are here for dining . What a fun family event. Check it out and follow those scenic site signs. You never know what you’ll come across.

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