Sounds as if this is another
community on the same spot or close to Alderson. I think the
only conclusion is Alderson may have started out as Alderson's Ferry
and at sometime was changed to just Alderson. The Journal
doesn't state this but constantly changes its reference to Alderson Ferry to Alderson, and back again.
Was Alderson Ferry a forgotten community, or was it the same
community as Alderson and just the name was forgotten?
Update: 01-03-09. In
a conversation with Jim Talbert of the GHS, he stated that Alderson
was not officially named Alderson until the railroad came. This
could be why on older maps, the name of the community was Alderson's
Ferry. Also his conclusion was the ferry most likely would
have been above the bridge because the water was deep enough for a
After even more research on the internet, I found numerous
references to Alderson's Ferry. Most of these are in histories of
John Alderson and military references. It's very evident Alderson
was at one time called Alderson's Ferry.
1-11-09. According to Tom Dixon's book, (Rise and Fall of
Alderson) one General Wickham, VP & Gen. Manager of the railroad
visited George Alderson on Sunday, Jan 26, 1873 (arrived on the
dedicatory train), and announced that the station would be named
"Alderson", dropping the older "Alderson's Ferry", in honor of Mr.
G. Alderson and his forbearer, Elder John Alderson.
10-22-10. I have no confirming information but my relatives were
operators of the first ferry across the greenbrier river which was
located across from the former Gulf Station. My Great Grandfather
Capt. Lewis Franklin Watts (interred at the Old Stone Church in
Lewisburg and former owner and operator of the Crow Place, an Inn on
Dunlap Creek in Virginia outside White Sulphur, operated the ferry
at one time and had a small hotel with a bar on the Monroe side east
of the present location of the concrete bridge. Sadly I did not
gather more information on this history before my Mother died.