Devastated by the Civil War, Stafford’s primary problem to approaching a “New South” era was that it had virtually none of the prospects associated with that vision; all would have to be built or rebuilt in order for Stafford to grow and prosper.
The “New South” needed better public education for the masses; industrialization to process raw materials into finished products and sell them; and improved transportation to convey goods to buyers and markets. The limitations were enormous:
— No viable road infrastructure existed before the war; afterward it was in even worse condition. (Not accomplished at all until the 1920s with construction of U.S. Route 1.)
— Rail lines and stations had to be re-built and extended to commercial markets in Washington, D.C., and further north. (Accomplished in the 1870s.)
— Development of marketable product lines of commercial value. (Only agricultural products, lumber and fish became viable. The above picture is of C.D. Green’s Store and Log Yard and Mill in Brooke.)