Thursday, 15 February 2007
DUFFIELDS train station, the second oldest surviving train station in the United States, located in Shenandoah Junction, WV, close to Shepherdstown and Charles Town was recently purchased by an area nonprofit organization formed by Jack Snyder and others interested in railroads, with the hope of turning it into a museum. Duffields Station was constructed in 1839.
According to history, this station was not only important to the history of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, but also to the Civil War. Union troops of the 10th Maine unit were garrisoned at Duffields as early as February 1862. This garrison was assigned to the station because it was an important resupply point for Union forces. A battle on June 29, 1864, between Confederate troops commanded by Lt. Col. John S. Mosby and the Union garrison, is just one of many clashes that happened near the site.