Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival banner

Cornerstone Christian Academy students carry the Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival banner at the start of the parade Saturday.

Over the weekend, Appomattox’s downtown area welcomed an influx of people from within and without the area for the 47th Annual Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival.

Despite of some of the struggles that came with making this year’s festival a reality, Railroad Festival Committee President Paul Harvey said he believed it was successful. He was pleased by how it all panned out.

Stacy Purcell, second vice chair of the Appomattox Railroad Festival committee, echoed Harvey’s optimism.

“I have to say that this year, we were able to come together and plan another fantastic festival,” said Stacy Purcell. “We are still in need of new ideas and volunteers. We highlighted local bands, new foods in the food court, and I think this year’s parade was the best.”

Much to the delight of festival attendees, children and adults alike, a train even passed by, unplanned, during the festival events. People could be seen taking pictures as the train made its way along the tracks.


Check out more than 20 photos of the festival and find out more about what occurred in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.