Few and far between, only a handful of the old stone highway markers, which once guided travelers across Virginia roads, remain. Frederick County has two left, along Northwestern Pike, which was upgraded in the 1840s by engineering legend Claudius Crozet. Maury Sutphin of the Virginia Department of Transportation examines one showing it is 33 miles to Romney, W.Va.
The concrete post at right is an example of the right-of-way markers installed when the state took over construction and maintenance of local primary and secondary roads in the 1930s. Similar concrete posts, triangular in shape, were used to show the edges of construction projects. Many of these markers still exist in the local area.
Faint but legible, this stone road marker, which may date to the 1840s, told travelers on Northwestern Pike how far they were from Romney, W.Va. Cut into the limestone rock are the letters “To R,” on one line and “36M” below.
Road markers have been part of Virginia’s highway system since the 18th century, according to Ann B. Miller,...