Afton: Mountain, Myth, Legend



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born at the old tunnel

My grandfather Allen Sandridge was a watchman for the c&o railroad and walked the old tunnel to keep people safe trying to walk through the tunnel and he built a small home near the entrance of the tunnel that I was born in on land he bought from my other grand father George Carter and I have pictures of that house .My deceased Aunt Nellie Carter would come carry me and baby sit me at the George Carter home in 1941.Papa Sandridge was transdered to the C&o James River division and after working there at every wistle stop retired after 37 years .Still love Afton and we Carters there still stick together.

Charles E Carter "Sonny" 333 days ago


There was a section called "Wine and Cookies", but you never actually mentioned the cookies! There was a lady named June Curry who lived in Afton right on Rt 6, which is also US Bike Route 76. She was known as the cookie lady, and had a sign offering free water and cookies to the bikers making the long climb up Afton Mountain. I assume the section title was a reference to this, I wish you'd expanded on it! She passed away a few years ago and is missed by many.

Brandon B. 334 days ago



FLOYD 334 days ago

Superb article

What a well-written, concise history of our region and our beloved Afton Mountain!

Liza Peltola 337 days ago

Ah, but only officially Afton Mountain since 1998

See the William and Mary Geology Department's article on the approved naming:

Scott D. 88 days ago


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