Dates: 1986

Collection Number: MS 101

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 1 folder.

Creators/Collectors: Groff, Garth G.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation: Soapstone Industry in Central Virginia, MS 101, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift, Garth G. Groff, 14 January 1987.

Biographical/Historical Information: Albemarle and Nelson Counties in Virginia became the center of America's soapstone quarrying industry in the late 19th century. The industry was centered around the town of Schuyler, where the Alberene Soapstone Company employed more than 1500 workers. The Alberene Railroad was chartered by the state in 1895.

Scope and Content: This is a collection of two typed accounts of Virginia's soapstone industry in Albemarle and Nelson Counties, and the shortline railroads that served them, written by Garth G. Groff.


  • Albemarle County (Va.)
  • Nelson Country (Va.)
  • Soapstone

Record Types: Reports.