Jefferson Co. train station rehab project needs more steam

November 13, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

DUFFIELDS, W.VA. - A Civil War-era train station north of Charles Town, W.Va., needs a helping hand to survive.

The half stone, half wooden train station was built in 1839 and it's the second oldest "purpose built" train station in the country, said Jack Snyder, a Shepherdstown, W.Va., area resident heading up an effort to save the building.

A purpose built train station means it was constructed for that reason, unlike some train station buildings that served other purposes.

The train station off Flowing Springs Road in the small community of Duffields was used to supply Union troops during the Civil War, Snyder has said.


Snyder's group, Duffields Station Inc., was able to purchase the building but the badly deteriorating structure is in need of restoration, which would cost about $200,000, Snyder said.

Snyder said the roof is falling apart and when someone went into the building recently, they slipped through the floor, which has become "spongy," Snyder said.

"It's in very, very bad shape," Snyder said.

Duffields Station Inc. has been able to raise some money to start preliminary work to stop the rapid rate of deterioration, but is looking for help in raising more funds, Snyder said Monday.

The state has agreed to award a grant of $8,550 to help fund repairs, but Duffields Station Inc. also needs to raise that amount to secure the money, Snyder said.

Duffields Station Inc. has raised a little more than $3,000 and needs another $5,200, Snyder said.

If $17,100 can be raised through donations and the state grant, Duffields Station Inc. can replace the roof on the train station and do other work to stabilize the building, Snyder said.

Then group members can "breathe a little" and work on a full renovation, Snyder said.

Mention of the station shows up in historical accounts.

James E. Taylor, a sketch artist during the Civil War, sketched several pictures of the building. One shows a porch on the side of the station facing the railroad, while another depicts a group of boys around the station.

The pictures are contained in "The James E. Taylor Sketchbook," a published collection of Taylor's works.

Want to help?

Donations to help save a Civil War-era train station north of Charles Town, W.Va., can be sent to Duffields Station Inc., P.O. Box 1806, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Make checks payable to Duffields Station Inc. Donations are tax deductible.

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