Everyday monuments of time gone by - Homes, Bridges, Hot Springs, Train Stations, Villages and more - captured in one revealing camera click before wind and weather, before time and trouble continue their inevitable work.

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pleasant Valley Train Depot

The abandoned train station at Pleasant Valley, the mysterious changing rooms at the resort of Rockbridge Alum Springs and the unused lock of the Ben Salem Canal all reflect a simpler, bygone age, it's true.

More importantly, they (like other ruins featured in this book) connect us to the lives of those who came before us -- their stories, talents, lifestyles, pleasures and challenges. They teach us about ourselves, they inspire us with their functionality and their beauty and they remind us that future generations will look upon what we too have done.