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Town of Claremont History

The Town of Claremont was incorporated in 1886. J. Frank Mancha, a Maryland real estate developer, created the town and promoted the sale of land in the town and the Claremont Colony surrounding it. Willie Allen had inherited the Claremont estate, consisting of more than 12,000 contiguous acres, after the Civil War. He moved to New York and left it to be subdivided and sold by others. Frank Mancha took on the Claremont development project in 1879. After his death in 1890, others continued to promote land sales in the Claremont area. Although Claremont once boasted three saloons, it never developed into the metropolis its promoters had envisioned.

Old Pictures of Claremont Scenes and Claremont Historic Documents

Maps of Claremont Area.
Claremont Colony c1880

colony
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Claremont Area 1919

1919
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Claremont Area Today

1995
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For more information about Claremont, see:

The Town of Claremont website at www.claremont-va.org

Claremont on the James by Marion Sims Baird, Jr. (2002)

Claremont Manor: A History by Eve S. Gregory

The Town of Claremont, Virginia: An Outline of Its History 1886-1986 by Michael D. Harrison

and 1934 Claremont Telephone Directory

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