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Sarah G. Smith vs. Richmond and Danville Railroad Company and the Virginia Midland Railway Company Transcripts (MS239)

 Collection
Identifier: MS239
This collection consists of two bound transcripts of the court case filed by Sarah G. Smith against the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company and the Virginia Midland Railway Company.

Testimony describes the setting in Alexandria through which the trains pass. The area around the block of Saint Asaph, Wolfe, Pitt and Wilkes Streets are particularly detailed. References are made to the Wilkes Street tunnel and to local businesses including a dairy, and J. C. Herbert Bryant's fertilizer company. Locations of African American residences, conditions of paved or unpaved streets, and quality of buildings are mentioned. Railroad workers living in Alexandria are interviewed.

Dates

  • 1892

Extent

.24 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Court case against the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company and the Virginia Midland Railway Company, in which Sarah G. Smith complained that railroads operating on the "Wilkes Street tracks" were destroying her property and disturbing her neighborhood at all hours.

Arrangement

One volume is of the complainant's testimony and the other is of the defendants' testimony.
Title
A Guide to the Transcripts of Sarah G. Smith vs. Richmond and Danville Railroad Company and the Virginia Midland Railway Company
Author
Michele Lee, Reference Librarian
Date
2007
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library Repository

Contact:
717 Queen Street
Alexandria VA 22314 United States
703-746-1791