Disasters in Jefferson County

Jefferson County has unfortunately been the scene of a number of disasters over the years -- both natural and human-caused -- partially due to the presence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and to the county's role in the Civil War.

The following photographs from the Museum's collection show fires occurring between 1861 and 1985, floods occurring between 1889 and 1985 on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, a plane crash in 1946, the Halltown dynamite truck explosion of 1951, a wind storm in 1955, and a bridge accident in 1984.

Images also include early firefighting equipment and the buildings housing the Citizens Fire Company and the Independent Fire Company. Both fire companies were organized in Charles Town in 1884.

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Disasters in Jefferson County