A Walking Tour of Residential Seneca, by Donald D. Clayton

November 15, 2001

“In 1870, Seneca was a wilderness area on the Blue Ridge Railroad Line. When the Richmond Air Line Railroad also crossed at this spot, men saw the opportunity to develop a town at their intersection. They purchased the necessary land and marked the lots. The first auction was held in August 1873. The town that developed was called Seneca City, named for a tribe of Indians that lived nearby.”

—Donald D. Clayton, from the Introduction

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