Address: 10877 Willow Drive North, Bealeton, VA 22712
Phone: (540) 422-8500 - then press "3"
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
The Bealeton branch library opened in 1991 in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center and expanded from 1,600 square feet to 3,200 square feet in January, 1996. In December, 2003, a newly built 10,000-square-foot Bealeton Library opened its doors at Willow Drive North. Its architects took design cues from the Bealeton Depot, which sits adjacent to the library.
In June 2008, the Bealeton branch became a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. Grant seekers, including individuals and organizations, can access the collection and online databases free of charge. Please speak with a reference librarian for details.
Events/Programs at Bealeton Library
Renovations to the Bealeton Depot were completed in November 2010. The charming 800-square-foot room is now available for a variety of uses, particularly as a program room for the Bealeton Library and as a meeting space for private and community events.
Transportation Enhancement Act for the Twenty-First Century (TEA 21) grants account for much of the funding for the depot’s renovation while generous donations from local businesses and the area’s developer made up the balance.
More about the depot
The Town of Bealeton grew up on the former Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which became part of the Southern Railway System in 1894. The railroad figured prominently in the history and economic development of southern Fauquier County and its location on the primary rail route from southern Fauquier County to Washington, D.C., made it a convenient gateway to markets and cities outside of the county.
A contract for a passenger station in Bealeton was granted to J.D. Elliott of Hickory, North Carolina, by Southern Railway Company in 1905. A fine example of early 20th century construction, the building was sheathed in rustic tongue-and-groove weatherboard and Gothic-style tin shingles adorned the roof and eyebrows.
The development of Route 17 and a bridge over the rail tracks changed Bealeton’s transportation center in the late 1940s and primary access to the depot was lost. With the decline of rail service, the depot was decommissioned in the 1950s and the building was purchased as a residence. An area developer later purchased the depot and donated it to the county’s public library along with a parcel of land designated for a new home for the Bealeton Library, which was then housed in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center.