This Month in Stafford County History – May 2017

One of the great challenges of the nineteenth and twentieth century timber business was getting the logs, cordwood, or lumber to a wharf for shipping.  A local company in Stafford County, Virginia solved that problem by constructing a narrow gauge railroad from Onville to Coal Landing.  "A tramway has been built by Mr. R. H. Bradford from Onville, in Stafford county, to Coal Landing, on Aquia creek with capacity for carrying 10,000 feet of lumber or other freight each trip.  A steam engine is used for power, and two trips a day are made.  It is a great convenience for parties in that section who make shipments by the Potomac river to Alexandria and Washington" (Alexandria Gazette, May 31, 1899).