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Small Towns of Virginia Series - White Post, Virginia

Sometimes town or village names are named after people like the family that first settled there or the first postmaster, etc. Other places are named for a feature in the area. Then there is White Post, Virginia which is literally named after the white post that has stood near or at the intersection of White Post Road and Berrys Ferry Road for over 250 years.

The White Post in July 2002.  The four locations marked on the post are Battletown, Berry's Ferry, Greenway Court, and Stephens City.
Legend has it that in 1750, Lord Farifax directed George Washington to erect a white post near Ashby Gap-Winchester Road to direct travelers to nearby Greenway Court, home of Fairfax's Library. Obviously, the post is not the original.  It has been knocked down numerous times by unsuspecting motorists.

When I made a return visit in 2012, the four towns on the white post were no longer standing.
White Post is an unincorporated village off of US 340 in Clarke County.  Like many nearby areas, there are a number of Bed & Breakfasts within the town.  Also nearby is a classic roadside attraction, Dinosaurland.  This family friendly has been over for 50 years and features over 50 different dinosaurs. 


The Messilla Farm Shop dates back to 1928 when it was a service station.

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