Life In Jefferson District

Marital Cruelty and Divorce

A recently-discovered file of the Chancery Court for the county lays out travails of Rosie May Peverill and her divorce from Lewis Peverill in 1913. A form of cruelty we would not think of today was the refusal to provide sufficient coal each morning to run the cast-iron “Franklin” stove that would provide the only heat in the house in the winter.

The Electric Railway

The Washington-Mount Vernon Railway, originally envisioned as a means of carrying tourists to George Washington's estate, proved far more important in the long run as one of the earliest inter-urban trolley systems in the country.  It was this railway that spurred the development of Del Ray.