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Winchester and Potomac Railroad Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1473 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection contains annual reports, stock information, and papers concerning Winchester and Potomac Railroad of Winchester, VA. Also included is a lawsuit between Winchester & Potomac Railroad and the Orange, Alexandria, & Manassas Railroad.
(1 box) Last updated 02/2016.

Biographical/Historical: The Winchester and Potomac Railroad (W & P) was the first railroad in Winchester, VA. It was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1831 and ran from Harper’s Ferry to Winchester. The original train stopped at the corner of Water and Market Streets. In March 1862, the United States Army seized the railroad. In 1866, when the Winchester and Potomac was returned to the owners, they decided to lease the right-of-way to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B & O). In 1902, through a third party, the W & P was acquired by the B & O.


Cite As: Winchester & Potomac Railroad Records, 1473 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



Annual reports -- 1833, 1843, 1856, 1860, Winchester imprint, 4 items, printed

Certificate of stock, August 1853, 1 item, printed

History/Notes/New Articles— unnumbered, printed, manuscript

Pocket Map and Shopper’s Guide of Virginia–1903, Rand, McNally, and Co. shows in detail the entire railroad system, 105 pages, printed

Vindication of the Policy and Management of the Winchester and Potomac R.R. Co., August, 1840 to October, 1859, by Wm. L. Clark, President, address delivered to the stockholders at their annual meeting Oct. 26, 1860, Winchester: Printed at the Republican Office, 1860, 1 item, printed

The Winchester and Potomac Railroad—Little Brother of the B&O by Peter Maynard; 1 book, 53 pages, printed

Winchester & Potomac Railroad vs. Orange, Alexandria, and Manassas Railroad, notes for suit, 1 item, 24 pages, printed

History of the Winchester and Potomac and Winchester and Strasburg Railroads, 1830-1960, by Bob Cohen, July 7, 2007, draft, 38 pages, indexed

Freight Ledger, Winchester and Potomac Railroad for Halltown Station, 1836-1861, 1 item, leather bound (cannot be photocopied)

MAPCASE 2, Drawer 2 - Map F-8

Graham, James D. Map of Routes Examined and Surveyed for the Winchester and Potomac Railroad, 1831, 1832, 1 item, printed