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« on: Nov 3rd, 2003, 5:38pm »
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Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2003 16:12:40 -0500
From: Jim Dent
Subject: (rshsdepot) Boyce, VA
 
From the Winchester (VA) Star...
 
Monday, November 3, 2003
 
Historian to Present Findings to Boyce  
By Val Van Meter  
The Winchester Star  
 
BOYCE -- The town of Boyce is a child of the railroad.  
 
The fact that the town's railroad station still stands is "so significant" as
a symbol of why the town grew up, said architectural historian Maral Kalbian.  
Kalbian recently completed a study of the town's history and its buildings in
order to nominate the town as a state and national historic district.  
 
Virginia's Historic Resources Board will consider the nomination in December.  
At 7 tonight, Kalbian will give a presentation to the Town Council and Boyce
residents on its historic significance, and discuss the buildings that
qualify as contributing historic structures.  
 
The Town Council contracted with Kalbian to create the nomination. The
historic district listing is strictly honorific, Kalbian noted. It does not
impose any limitations on property owners.  
 
It could, however, convey some benefits. Property owners who elect to restore
contributing structures in historic districts can qualify for federal tax
credits, if they follow the guidelines of the U.S. Department of the
Interior.  
 
The Town Council is also hoping that the historic district designation will
help it win T-21 grant funds to do improvements in the town.  
 
Boyce sprang up in 1880, at the intersection of the newly construction
Shenandoah Valley Railroad and the Winchester-Berry's Ferry Turnpike.  
 
It became a thriving commercial center, thanks to the railroad and its
highway connection to Winchester.  
 
By 1910, Kalbian said, the town had grown so much it was incorporated.  
 
Buildings in Boyce reflect this commercial focus. While many of the
residences that date from the town's early period are fairly plain, Kalbian
said the commercial buildings are much more ornate.  
 
"The commercial buildings seem to be trying to outdo each other, in the sense
of all this Victorian decoration."  
 
The stores flaunted "modern" materials, such as pressed-tin decorations,
Kalbian pointed out.  
 
"They were trying to sell themselves. They wanted to catch people as they
went through."  
 
Kalbian said her favorite building in Boyce has to be the former Bank of
Clarke County branch, now the Town Hall.  
 
"I did my master's thesis on columns. To have a classical little temple like
that is so grand."  
 
The railroad station is another architectural gem. Kalbian said the story
behind the station's construction reinforces the idea that Boyce was
marketing itself to the world.  
 
When the original station was torn down, the residents of Boyce balked at the
idea of having a "regular" station built in its place. They wanted something
grander.  
 
The town offered to raise the money to build a much larger station and the
railroad accepted.  
 
"It had electricity and running water. It was very up-to-date," Kalbian said.  
Standing at the railroad crossing on East Main Street, you are surrounded by
original buildings, Kalbian noted.  
 
"If you squint a little, you can get carried back to 1913," she said.  
 
Following Kalbian's slide presentation on the historic district's proposed
boundaries and the buildings it contains, David Edwards of the state's
Department of Historic Resources, will answer questions about the historic
district listing.  
 
Kalbian added that, although she has lived near Boyce for 17 years, her study
of the town has let her see it in a whole new light.  
 
She hopes those who attend the meeting tonight will "better understand their
environment, and better appreciate it."  
 
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 3rd, 2003, 8:56am »
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Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 17:09:09 -0500
From: Jim Dent
Subject: Boyce, VA (rshsdepot)
 
 
New Owner of Boyce Railroad Station Says Local Groups Welcome  
By Val Van Meter  
The Winchester Star  
 
BOYCE -- When the Railway Mail Service Library opens in the old Boyce
railroad station next spring, Frank Scheer wants local residents to be part
of the picture.  
 
Scheer, who purchased the station to house the library this past summer, is
in the process of renovating and repairing the building.  
 
He hopes to move the library from Alexandria to Boyce in the spring of 2004.  
 
Scheer said he'd like to see local groups use some of the rooms, such as the
two waiting rooms and the agent's office, for displays of the town's history.  
The Clarke County Historical Association or Winchester's Railway Historical
Society would also be welcome to stage displays in the building, Scheer said.  
Such historical information would complement the RMSL's history of how
railroads moved the mail for many decades in this country.  
 
The old station's freight house and baggage rooms will become the permanent
home for the RMSL collections once the building has been stabilized, Scheer
said.  
 
Local residents would also be welcome to volunteer as docents at the station,
Scheer said.  
 
He would also be willing to work with local garden clubs to improve the
grassy area between the station and East Main Street, Scheer said.  
 
Old railway stations frequently had flower beds along the platforms.  
 
"If a group would be interested, I would be happy to supply the materials,"
Scheer said.  
 
"These kind of things add value to the community."  
 
Once the renovation is complete, Scheer said organizations or individuals
will be able to rent the main waiting room to hold events or meetings.  
 
 
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railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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« Reply #2 on: Aug 12th, 2009, 11:27pm »
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Hello!
 
This thread will cover the Norfolk & Western station at Boyce, Virginia.  The depot was built in 1913 and retired from railroad usage in 1959.  It is now owned by the Railway Mail Service Library.  The depot is home for that archival collection which focuses upon the history of Railway Post Offices.


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Frank Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library
at the former N&W Railway depot
(540) 837-9090 - leave message
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9639
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 14th, 2009, 5:02pm »
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I have seen this depot.  Any plans to repaint it with green trim, or any other N&W color scheme?

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 15th, 2009, 11:23am »
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Yes, there are plans to paint the trim green and do periodic touch-up on the white walls.  The doors need to be stripped, repaired, primed, and a finish coat applied.  Since this work is performed volunteers, it will be accomplished as interested personnel are available.

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Frank Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library
at the former N&W Railway depot
(540) 837-9090 - leave message
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9639
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 30th, 2016, 4:57pm »
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Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:00:59 +0000 (GMT)
From: Jim Dent
Subject: Morse Day replay April 30th, 2016 - DK Office, Boyce, Virginia (rshsdepot)
 
 
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Frank Scheer  
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:17 AM
Subject: Morse Day replay April 30th, 2016 - DK Office, Boyce, Virginia
 
 
Here's an oil can used by AT&T: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Bell-System-EAGLE-OIL-CAN-railroad-telephone-/162012478933?nma=true&si=qXHTNb4a%252B8JWboKejqTB0GNe0sc%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
 
Do you have questions about railroad Morse telegraphy, such as whether it is true that AT&T and WUTELCO used to put oil on the wires so that the messages would go faster through them? Or, do you wonder whether Western Union wires used for night messages were only utilized at night? If these and other wonderings you may have about telegraph operators and operations can be answered on April 30th at Boyce, Virginia! All are invited to the former N&W depot at Boyce, Virginia, on Saturday, April 30, 2016, between noon and 4 PM, rain or shine.
 
If you haven't visited the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723 in the past, please check Mapquest or your GPS for directions to 117 East Main Street, Boyce, VA 22620. There will be a cook out as well as Morse telegraph demonstrations in observance of Samuel Morse's birthday. "Morse Day" is observed annually the last Saturday in April. Curtis Anderson, Abram Burnett, and other telegraphers will demonstrate the original information superhighway. "DK" office will be connected (with my fingers crossed) to the Morse hub and communicating with other telegraph offices around the USA. If you're a "lightning slinger," you can have a seat in the operator's chair and do the same. There will also be a continuously-playing video about Railway Post Offices for those who want to learn more about how mail was sorted aboard trains for 117 years. Other depot artifacts circa 1910s-1940s are on display in the agent's office. Norfolk Southern train locations are visible via ATCS monitoring, so that there will be ample photo opportunities.
 
Throughout the afternoon, sodas, hot dogs, and beef burgers will be available with compliments of the RMS Library. You are also welcome to bring a side or dessert item in a disposable container which do not require refrigeration to share.
 
Visitors with campers are welcome to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday and can use an electrical connection, Please contact me at f_scheer AT yahoo DOT comin advance. Please park in the grassy field at the south end of the depot.
 
Ground-level restroom facilities will be available at 127 East Main Street, adjacent to and 300 feet from the depot. The lower apartment will allow visitors to use this bathroom.. This building was the former telephone exchange office for Boyce until 1968. Boyce was the last Virginia town to have a switchboard exchange and phones without dials. Modern conveniences and handicapped-accessible restrooms are also available at a Sheetz which is two miles south of Boyce at the junction of US Highways 17, 50, and 340.
 
I hope you are able to visit. Meanwhile, best wishes for a nice Spring!
 
Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
f_scheer AT yahoo DOT com
(571) 379-3409 - daytime cell
In the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9369 USA
 
Please note: only parcels sent via USPS can be accepted at this address.
 
Visit at http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org or
http://www.facebook.com/RailwayMailServiceLibrary
 
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2008.DOC
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/ebay/RMSL2009.DOC
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2010.DOC
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2011.doc
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2012.doc
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2013.pdf
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2014.doc
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/articles/RMSL2015.doc
 
http://blog.stamplibrary.org/index.php/2011/01/21/railway-mail-service-library/
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=353755
 
"Owney Day" at the National Postal Museum: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2062104465440.2115624.1029546011&l906bc64b9f&type=1
 
 
If you have an interest in RPOs, please visit the RailwayPO group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RailwayPO
 
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The Railroad Station Historical Society maintains a database of existing
railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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