Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Cambria Depot

 

Essentials:

  • Built in 1868 in the Tuscan Italianate style in Cambria, Virginia (now part of Christiansburg)
  • Replaced original 1856 depot destroyed by Union soldiers in April 1865
  • One of only two remaining Reconstruction-era depots in Virginia

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Cambria

Railroad workers at the Cambria Depot before 1906. (D. D. Lester Collection, Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center)

Cambria Depot

The town of Cambria, originally known as Bangs, grew up around the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad depot, first built in 1856 about a mile away from the Christiansburg town square. Union forces under General George B. Stoneman burned the original depot and destroyed tracks in April 1865 during their raid into Southwest Virginia. In 1868, a new depot was constructed in the Tuscan Italianate style. The Christiansburg Depot is one of only two railroad depots in Virginia built during the Reconstruction period and still standing today. The other stands in Rural Retreat, near Wytheville. In 1906, Cambria incorporated as a town and a new passenger station was built down the tracks east of the old depot, which was converted to a freight station. The old depot was the hub for all goods shipped by rail into Montgomery and Floyd Counties for almost a hundred years, until service was discontinued in 1960. The 1868 building was restored in the 1980s.

 

Cambria Depot today (Jean Elliott)

Cambria Depot today (Jean Elliott)

Finding Cambria Depot

630 Depot St. NE

Christiansburg, VA 24073

From Blacksburg, take 460 Eastbound to the Downtown Christiansburg exit. Take the first left at the traffic light immediately after exiting onto Cambria Street. Follow Cambria Street until it becomes Depot Street at the Cambria Depot.

 

 

 

 

For More Information

Cambria website

Roy Wyete Kanode, Christiansburg, Virginia: Small Town America At Its Finest (Kingsport, TN: Inove Graphics, 2005).

Mary Elizabeth Lindon, ed., Virginia’s Montgomery County (Christiansburg, VA: Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, 2009).

 

 

 
 

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