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Posted: February 19, 2014

 Jim and Liz DePoy, both 78, look over a collection of old photographs at their Mount Crawford home. The photos depict the town as it’s looked through the years, going back to not long after the advent of photography in the 19th century. Jim served on Mount Crawford Town Council for many years and Liz was named the town historian three decades ago, making them the go-to couple for all things historical when it comes to Mount Crawford. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
A series of photos shows Main Street in Mount Crawford in the years before the road was paved. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
The town of Mount Crawford is depicted in on a map in the 1885 Atlas of Rockingham County from D.J. Lake & Co. The map is among Jim and Liz DePoy’s historical documents and photos detailing Mount Crawford’s history. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
The photos in the Depoys’ collection provide a fascinating look into Mount Crawford’s past. The photos feature everything from Main Street, the stretch of the Valley Turnpike that runs through town, to out-of-the-way homes and businesses, some of which have long closed or been demolished. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)

MOUNT CRAWFORD — Mount Crawford really is a sleepy town today, but in its heyday — and yes, it did have a heyday — it was an important cog in the lifeblood of the Valley.

The town was originally…

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