The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Purcellville from local author Meredith Thomas and the Purcellville Preservation Society, with local historian Eugene Scheel providing the forward for the book. Purcellville boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
With so many of its buildings and architectural phases still intact, Purcellville's strong visual links clearly show how a typical rural town in America evolved. On the main road from the port of Alexandria west to Winchester, Purcellville's midway location allowed it to grow from a simple drover's tavern to a turnpike stagecoach stop that was complete with hotel, livery, store, and blacksmith and wheelwright shops.
The arrival of railroad technology in 1874 enabled Purcellville to become a mercantile hub for the fertile Loudoun Valley. Its growth blossomed around the train station, a block north and west of the original village. When divided highways replaced the railroad in 1968, Purcellville had a third surge of growth in businesses, schools, and homes on its fringes, now easily reached by automobile. Like rings on a tree, each of these growth layers represents the technology and society of the age.
Purcellville explores, in lovingly saved pictures and detailed captions, this classic evolution of a small American town. In cooperation with the Purcellville Preservation Association, Thomas hopes these photographs will provide the visual links in the chain that will connect residents and visitors to a profound appreciation for what remains.
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