Celebrating 100 years of Boyce!

2010 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Town of Boyce. The community came into existence in 1881 with the arrival of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad. It was original named Boyceville,   in honor of St. Louis attorney Colonel Upton Boyce who was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the area. The Town of Boyce was later incorporated by the Circuit Court for the County of Clarke on November 28th, 1910.

To celebrate the anniversary Berryvile Mayor Wilson Kirby issued an official resolution congratulating the town.   It was read into the official record by Berryville Town Clerk Celeste Heath at the March 9th town council meeting. Mayor Kirby plans to visit the Boyce Town Council at their next meeting and present the resolution to them in person.

The Town of Boyce is planning a Centennial Celebration for October of this year that will include entertainment, arts and crafts as well as a feature parade.

Congratulations to Boyce!

The full text of the resolution is below.



WHEREAS, the citizens of the Town of Boyce are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2010; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Boyce was founded in 1880 at the crossing of the Millwood-Winchester Turnpike that became Route 723 and the newly built Shenandoah Valley Railroad; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Boyce was incorporated in 1910 as the second town in Clarke County; and
WHEREAS, prominent St. Louis attorney Colonel Upton Boyce was instrumental in finding the money needed to complete the construction of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad when the financial panic of 1873 hit the country; and
WHEREAS, the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, which traversed the settlement, extended from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Roanoke, providing transport for the area’s livestock and goods; and
WHEREAS, residents named their community Boyceville to honor Colonel Boyce for his many contributions; and when the railroad finally came to town, 232 acres from five family farms were platted to plan and build what is now Boyce; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Boyce first held elections on December 20, 1910, and William Gaunt was elected mayor; George Garvin, M. O. Simpson, and John T. Sprint were elected as council members; and George Harrison was elected recorder; and
WHEREAS, appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Town of Boyce remains an attractive and friendly community that provides its residents with a great quality of life; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED the Council of the Town of Berryville congratulates their friends and neighbors in the Town of Boyce on the occasion of their 100th anniversary.
By Order of the Town Council of the Town of Berryville on this the ninth day of March, 2010.

Wilson Kirby, Mayor                         Harry Lee Arnold, Jr., Recorder


  1. Happy birthday, Boyce! The train station shown was built in 1913, so its own centennial is coming up in three years. More information about its history is available in an information rack near the building. Come visit!