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  • 4 - Troutdale

    How to get there - Return to VA 16, turn right, and follow VA 16, 2.3 miles (down the mountain) to VA 603 (Fairwood Rd) on the right. At this intersection is an empty building marked "Jerry's Kitchen" and "Troutdale Trading Post." In the early 1900s, the Troutdale train station stood here.

    For history lovers - The Town of Troutdale was chartered in 1906 and is still an incorporated town today. Take time to drive through Troutdale and then return to VA 603 to continue the tour.

    In 1930 Callie Wright was elected Mayor, becoming the first female Mayor in Virginia. She also worked as a part time teller in the bank. The building in the old photograph above - constructed in 1912 - included the bank and the post office. The building still stands in Troutdale today. Can you find it?

    The Marion & Rye Valley and the Virginia Southern linked to provide daily train service from Marion until 1930, making Troutdale an important shipping point for the area.