As Clover Hill grows from a stage stop into a hamlet surrounding a county seat, an emancipated slave named Charles Diuguid establishes his blacksmith shop in the village. Samuel McDearmon attempts to reach for additional entrepreneurial opportunities. When the Southside Railroad approaches Appomattox County, he wins a contract to build the approaches and the massive brick pylons over High Bridge, which will carry the line over the Appomattox River east of Farmville. Trying to meet the contract drains McDearmon's resources to the point that he is forced to liquidate his holdings at Appomattox Court House. The railroad ultimately sweeps through Appomattox County three miles away from the courthouse village, stopping at what would become Appomattox Station and drawing away business in a trend that will eventually sound the death knell for that community.
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