Old Fluvanna

In early Fluvanna history, commerce revolved around the county’s two rivers. One area was a three-mile stretch along the James River in southern Fluvanna called Seven Islands, or Shores.

Shores (Rt, 640, Shores Road) was once a busy place. There were two large mills there and several farming families. The families were large and prosperous. Their stories contain tales of power, money, grudges and even mental illness. Local historian Ellen Miyagawa took a look at the various families of that area.

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Wilmington signWilmington, located at the intersection of Rts. 601 and 608, has perfected the art of “passing through.” Lafayette slept here and Lee stopped to read his papers. You could stop, have a rest, and be on your way.

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Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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