At its fall meeting, the Northumberland County Historical Society is very pleased to present Mr. Dennis Spillane, who will discuss “The Northern Neck Railroad That Never Was.” His talk, which is open to the public, free of charge, will be held 2:30 p. m on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Refreshments will be served following the presentation, and books on a variety of historical topics will be for sale to benefit the Society.
Dennis Spillane joined the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in 2006, where he has served as a docent, a member of its model shop, and the Museum’s railroad historian. The model shop includes a display about that “Railroad that Never Was,” and in addition to discussing the plans, the problems, and the hopes that surrounded this proposed railroad, Mr. Spillane will also talk about how this venture might have changed Northumberland County, and what led to the ultimate abandonment of the project.
Mr. Spillane and his family moved to Reedville in 2005. Prior to coming to Northumberland County, he had worked for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in San Francisco. Dennis is a member of the Marine Corps League detachment 1062, and is a volunteer at Rice’s Hotel/ Hughlett’s Tavern. In addition, he is quite the model train hobbyist and has his own model train layout.
The meeting will be held at the Society’s Ball Memorial Museum and Library, at 86 Back Street in Heathsville. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a. m. and 4 p. m., Wednesday through Friday.