From the Editor November

From the editor: November

The Mine Branch field trip is coming up soon, November 15 at 10 A.M. If you want to come along please contact us so we will have an idea how many to expect. Reservations are not required but would be appreciated. We will assemble at a field on the Pittsville Rd. two miles East of Pittsville or five miles from Rt. 40. Replies to this message at for a map and detailed directions.

Bring your own water, soft drinks, snacks and any gear you might want like cameras, good walking shoes etc. Dress for the weather.
Gretna Depot Memorial

A new memorial was recently completed to mark the location of the train depot in Gretna. All that remains of the original depot is a small section of its chimney which was said to be at the center of town when built.

The original depot was called Franklin Junction and had it not been for the Post Office officials that would have been the name of the town.

The depot changed some over the years as shown in this photo taken about 1950.

franklin jct (2)We wish to thank the Restoring Greater Gretna Committee who built this beautiful reminder of our connection to earlier days of the railroad in town.

Next time you are near the Franklin Rail Park on Main St. in Gretna stop and see it and the other memorials in the park.

The Gretna Depot about 1950
The Gretna Depot about 1950

The following link will take you to a story printed in the newspaper some time ago written about the F&P.

It is fiction but is based on facts about the railroad. The story is written for children and would be great to read to your children or grandchildren.


Events that Occurred in the Month of November

November 2, 1936: Land owned in Union Hall by the F&P RR is sold.

November 13, 1933: Receivers of the F&P get permission to sell locomotive # 53 to W.J. O’pry of Danville, Virginia.

November 21, 1879: Application for a Post Office at the Franklin Junction depot, now Gretna, was made.