(Franklin, Virginia)The conjunction of the Portsmouth &Roanoke Railroad and the Blackwater Riverin 1835 made this site, then a swampywilderness, a natural link between the towns of the Chowan and Albemarle Soundand points to the northeast. The railroad,later known as the Seaboard & Roanoke andthe Seaboard Line, transported people andgoods between Norfolk and BlackwaterDepot, then on the east bank of the River.Beginning in 1836, steamboats, includingthe Bravo, the Fox, the Stag, and the Curlew,carried them between Blackwater Depotand Edenton on the Blackwater andChowan rivers.This commerce encouragedthe growth of a village, known by 1838 asFranklin Depot, on the Southampton side ofthe Blackwater. By the early 1860s Franklinhad a depot, a warehouse, a steamboatlanding, steamboat lines, a sawmill, ageneral store, churches and a popular hotel owned by Richard and MaryRebecca Murfee Barrett.
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:54am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 328471 N 4060475|
|Decimal Degrees||36.67445000, -76.91955000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 40.467', W 76° 55.173'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 40' 28.02" N, 76° 55' 10.38" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 362-398 US-258, Franklin VA 23851, US|
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