“The Heyday of Natural Bridge Station

Presentation by RHS President Stephen D. Beck

Sunday April 2, 2:30 PM

Natural Bridge Elementary School

Free, with Reception to follow

Fried Green Tomatoes? The Whistle Stop Café?? If you’re interested in a touch of that era, and that type of a small crossroads town, come explore “The Heyday of Natural Bridge Station”: the Rockbridge Historical Society’s first quarterly program of 2017.


RHS President Stephen D. Beck will share a slideshow presentation, illuminating the vitality of Natural Bridge Station in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including some of its neighboring communities, and the many families in the southern part of Rockbridge who would build its foundations over the years. Natural Bridge Station was fundamentally shaped by the James River, the Kanawha Canal, and the coming of two railroads, along with other significant investments and industrial initiatives in the mid to late 19th century that would spur development in this vital corridor for the County.

Stephen D. Beck is President of the Rockbridge Historical Society, and former President of CSX Real Property, directing CSX Transportation’s real estate interests. He earned his BA in History from Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  




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The Rockbridge Historical Society extends its thanks to the many volunteers, members, and donors who help continue its 75+ year mission to “preserve and promote the history of the Rockbridge area.” The funds and the educational efforts of so many help RHS continue to celebrate where we live!




Annual Fund Drive

The Rockbridge Historical Society, one of the oldest and largest county societies in Virginia, has launched its Annual Fund drive. To review the appeal, click here.