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The Countryside Transformed: The Railroad and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, 1870-1935

Railroads changed the landscape of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries as they traversed swamps, mountains, and fruited plains. This digital archive from the University of Virginia looks at the ways in which the coming of the railroad to the isolated counties of Accomack and Northampton "profoundly changed the physical and mental landscapes in which the people of the region lived, worked, and traveled." The archive contains maps, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, public documents, and other media divided into sections that include Vessels, Geography, and Chronology. The Chronology area is a great place to start, as it offers an interactive way to tour all of the hundreds of items in this collection. Visitors will note that there is a description of each item here, along with additional data. Finally, visitors can use the Source section to look through items by type, such as photographs, maps, and first-person accounts.
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June 1st, 2012
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June 1st, 2012 at 7:59am
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June 1st, 2012 at 10:56am
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