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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

060-0456 Shawsville Historic District

Shawsville Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 01/10/1991

NPS property number 90002009

This tiny settlement began in the 1850s as a rail stop for nearby Allegheny Springs. It took its name from Charles B. Shaw, chief engineer for Virginia during whose term the Southwest Turnpike was built through the nascent town. From the 1870s into the 1920s Shawsville developed slowly but steadily, acquiring along a short stretch of turnpike a commercial main street of shops, a general store, dwellings, and a church, all in the vernacular of small-town America. The most architecturally prestigious structure, the classical-style Bank of Shawsville, was built in 1910. Growth essentially ceased in the 1930s when through traffic was rerouted to the new Lee Highway to the south. Commerce received another blow in the 1970s when the depot closed and later burned. The town’s remaining fabric, now largely idle, is an interesting though plaintive vestige of a community that was.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018