Earlier this month I signed up for Kelby’s annual photowalk. To be honest I basically signed up at the last hour. The one I signed up for was in Warrenton, VA. I have never driven through and/or stopped in Warrenton so I thought this would be an interesting little town to walk around in. Little town, beautiful weekend and the walk was scheduled to start 10AM. Right there, that didn’t sound like fun. You see, little towns on weekends…well folks wake up and get out around 10AM – cafes for their coffee, walking their pets, and shopping….yeah you get my drift. I decided to get there at least an half hour early to park, walk around a little, etc. I did get there around 9:30AM but folks were wide awake, parking was crazy and busy, busy, busy….I kept moving.
Since I opted out of that headache, I decided to go to Delaplane, VA.
I drive by Delaplane each time I drive to my home state of West Virginia. I stopped once years ago but I didn’t take the time to walk around. This day was the perfect day to do so. Delaplane is close to a hour from Washington, D.C. It is located close to Sky Meadows State Park and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. It’s a very pretty area.
This part of town has a couple of old buildings right beside each other along the railroad track. The buildings look so fragile that I thought they weren’t used for anything…until I got back home. While I was browsing through my images I saw a sign on a door stated that they were closed for that weekend. Then I looked beyond that and saw a sign letting people know when they’re normally opened. Did some research and and found out a lot if interesting things…not counting the history of the area.
The two historical buildings are Delaplane Antiques. They have been selling antiques for over 40 years. They are opened on weekends or you can call and set up an appointment. This day it was closed so I will have to go back one day.
And just a brief history from the plaque: Delaplane was known as Piedmont Station. July 19, 1861 Stonewall Jackson’s brigade of General Joseph E. Johnston’s corps marched to this station from Winchester. They crowded into freight and cattle cars and travelled to the 1st battle of Manassas. The use of a railroad to carry more than ten thousand troops to the Manassas battlefield gave striking demonstration of the arrival of a new era in military transport and contributed significantly to the Confederate victory there.
So if you’re out with your camera documenting history, and shooting old buildings “just because they look cool”, make sure you take a little time and do some research after you’re done. That building may have some history and still be opened for business.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-T30, XF35mm F/2 R WR lens, XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 R, LM, OIS WR lens.
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