Rocky Mount ACL hospital : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

I am looking for information on the ACL Hospital in Rocky Mount. I know where it was located, but need info on personnel, practices, history, etc. My great-grandmother Ida Ledford was the dietician, and my grandparents, Ella Ledford and George Eliot Wood met while he was a pneumonia patient. At the time he was an apprentice and she was helping her mother. Ida moved to Rocky Mount from Dinwiddie Co, VA. Was there another railroad hospital there? Perhaps another line had one?

-- Patricia Gibson (, April 01, 2001


Patricia, I asked a friend in Rocky Mount about the ACL hospital in Rocky Mount. The old building is long gone, but he tells me it occupied the corner of Nashville Road and Franklin Street, which is now the site of an equipment rental company. This is just a short distance south of the existing newly-renovated train station. David

-- DL Humphrey (, April 09, 2001.

Patricia, There was no railroad hospital in Dinwiddie County, VA, however the Norfolk & Western Railway ran in an east/west line across the extreme northern portion of the county; the Seaboard Air Line Railroad ran diagonally from the Petersburg area southwest through Dinwidde country paralleling US Rt. 1; and the Atlantic Coast Line just barely touched the northeastern corner of the country, just south of Petersburg. That said, Petersburg is home to Southside Regional Medical Center and the Virginia State Central Mental Hospital, which would have had nursing schools within commuting distance of Dinwiddie County. From there to either Raleigh or Rocky Mount, NC, there isn't much in the way of concentrated population centers that would support a hospital.

-- Doug Riddell (, April 03, 2001.

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