Duffields station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)

Coordinates: 39°21′46.16″N 77°49′32.45″W / 39.3628222°N 77.8256806°W / 39.3628222; -77.8256806
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Duffields Depot
Duffields Depot, March 2012
Duffields station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad) is located in West Virginia
Duffields station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)
Duffields station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad) is located in the United States
Duffields station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)
Nearest cityShenandoah Junction, West Virginia
Coordinates39°21′46.16″N 77°49′32.45″W / 39.3628222°N 77.8256806°W / 39.3628222; -77.8256806
Area0.35 acres (0.14 ha)
NRHP reference No.07000780
Added to NRHPAugust 3, 2007[1]

Duffields station is a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the village of Duffields, West Virginia, near Shenandoah Junction. Built in 1839, the depot is the second oldest surviving B&O depot. Only the Ellicott City Station in Ellicott City, Maryland is older. The depot and its environs were a significant focus of activity during the American Civil War, culminating in the "Greenback Raid" of 1864.[2]


Flowing Springs Road the main road where it crosses the railroad tracks, on Melvin Road, which parallels the tracks. The depot is in two parts, a stone 1+12-story gable-roofed structure and a 1+12-story wood-framed addition. The stone structure is built into a slope in the manner of a bank barn with the main level on the same grade as the road, falling away on the side facing the tracks. The basement has gradually filled with silt, whose surface is within two feet of the bottoms of the first floor joists. This section is two bays wide. An interior chimney serves two fireplaces. The walls are built of local limestone with irregular coursing. The addition extends to the west for two bays, continuing the stone building's gable roof, but without a basement. The frame section had a porch on the north side that extended part-way into the stone side.[2]

The interior of the stone section is mainly intact, though much of the plaster has been lost. The first floor of the stone section appears to have been divided lengthways into two long, narrow rooms, with a finished attic above. The room on the track side has built-in cupboards and pilaster trim. Much of the wood trim remains in this area. The wood section comprises three rooms, two on the track side and one on the road side, with plaster and simple trim. The attic in this section has two rooms with low windows in the kneewalls. The roof has failed in this area and the plaster is extensively damaged.[2]

Elsewhere on the property, a shed and an outhouse were built in the 1930s. The outhouse is a standard Works Progress Administration design.[2]


Duffields was a local stop on the B&O line, serving a rural market. The depot was built as a private venture, and was never owned by the railroad, which had its own station on the other side of the tracks from about 1883 to 1942. Richard Duffield was paid $2500 in compensation for the railroad's right-of-way through his land. Duffield used the money to build the depot with the railroad's blessing, as the railroad preferred to use its capital for the line and to make use of such private depots wherever it could. The depot housed the B&O station master's living and working quarters.[2]

During the American Civil War the station was the scene of fighting. The depot and its surroundings were guarded by Union forces throughout the war. However, John S. Mosby's 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry briefly captured the depot on June 29, 1864. On October 14, 1864, Mosby's rangers cut the tracks and derailed a train near Duffields, in what became known as the "Greenback Raid." Mosby took more than $150,000 in Federal cash from the train.[2]

The depot property was purchased by Duffield Station, Inc. with a long-term goal of restoration for a museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 3, 2007, as the Duffields Depot.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Restiano, John; Gentry, Anthony F. (February 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form:Duffields Depot" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
toward Chicago
Main Line Harpers Ferry
Shenandoah Junction
toward Chicago