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Cape Charles, Virginia, historic photographs

Accession 1972.250.2

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo in 2013.,

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-19T15:07-0400

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Cape Charles, Virginia, historic photographs (Accession 1972.250.2), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Cape Charles, Virginia, historic photographs
Dates: 1885-1886
Accession Number: 1972.250.2
Creator: Pennsylvania Railroad
Extent: 43 items
Physical Description: 43 photographic prints ; b&w : 20.2 x 25 cm.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Cape Charles was established in 1884 as the southern terminus of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad. The collection consists of photographs showing the early development of Cape Charles. Views of the wharf and harbor areas and the steamship "Cape Charles" built by Harlin and Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware, comprise nearly half the collection.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Images in Part I of this accession (72.250.1 -.12), while purchased at the same time as these photos, share no connection with them by topic or provenance. They are cataloged under a separate record.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Cape Charles was established in 1884 as the southern terminus of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad. The town quickly expanded as an increasing number of passenger and freight trains arrived daily to be carried across the Chesapeake on barges and steamships to Norfolk. In 1922, the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk became a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Cape Charles became headquarters for the PRR's Norfolk Division.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs showing the early development of Cape Charles. Views of the wharf and harbor areas and the steamship "Cape Charles" built by Harlin and Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware, comprise nearly half the collection. Also present are images of the Cape Charles railroad station and the locomotives and rolling stock of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad. General views of homes and businesses in Cape Charles, as well as an image of Accomac, Virginia, and of the Tazewell Estate near Cape Charles complete the collection.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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GL 2 Building packing houses, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 Landing and wharf area, undated
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GL 2 Main Street, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 Cape Charles Hotel, J. J. Bunting, Proprietor, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 Group with wood frame building in background, 1885 November 15
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GL 2 Engineer's Office, 1885 May 9
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GL 2 Four frame houses in row with picket fence, 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Five frame houses in row with picket fence, 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Docking area for trans-shipment of railroad freight cars, 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Steamship "Cape Charles", sidewheel with walking beam, 1885 June 24
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GL 2 Dock area with building and tug, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Dock area with Tug, "New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk R.R. Co.," 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Loading dock with bales of cotton and sailing vessels at dock, undated
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GL 2 View at dock, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Harbor entrance showing steamship, "Cape Charles," 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Shoreline area with sailing ships at dock, undated
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GL 2 Harbor view looking east, 1885 June 24
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GL 2 Harbor views looking north, 1885 June 24, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 Harbor views looking south, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 First passenger station, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Passenger station, looking east, 1885 May 9
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GL 2 Passanger station, 1885 August 28
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GL 2 Tug, "New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk R. R. Co." (port stern line fast to dock and bow swung out), 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Steam locomotive and tender, N.Y.P & N. R.R., 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Freight car, New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Fast Freight line car 47, 1886 May 30
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GL 2 Old homestead, Tazewell Estate, 1885 August 23
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GL 2 Homestead out-buildings, Tazewell Estate, 1885 August 23
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GL 2 Town water-works, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Residence of Hon. George T. Garrison, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Interior of Court House, erected 1756, 1885 June 1
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GL 2 Hotel, birthplace of Hon. Henry A. Wise, 1885 June 1