Afton: Mountain, Myth, Legend



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April Goodloe Murphy

Wow, just amazingly wow! Thanks for this wonderful informative article. My dad was from Avon/rockfish gap and my Mom was from Waynesboro. Lots of information about both places. 16 days ago


Avon calling.

Blue 16 days ago

Real date for the boring-through of the Blue Ridge Tunnel

Nice article, but the Christmas Day boring-through of the Blue Ridge Tunnel is a myth. The actual date was Monday, December 29, 1856. See Elizabeth Dabney Coleman's dissertation, "The Story of the Virginia Central Railroad." For the names of the Irish men and boys who labored that day--some for two or three shifts straight--and their jobs and pay rates, see pp. 140-142 in The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad (The History Press, 2015).

Mary E. Lyons 17 days ago

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" more than 1 year 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. more than 1 year ago



FLOYD more than 1 year ago

Superb article

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

Liza Peltola more than 1 year ago

Ah, but only officially Afton Mountain since 1998

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

Scott D. 139 days ago

Village of Afton

No go back and read the whole article. it started as the village of Afton, then included the mountain in 1859

BriP 19 days ago


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