is an unincorporated community
in Hanover County
in the Central Region of the U.S. state
. Originally called Hanover Junction, it was located on the Virginia Central Railroad
, which later became part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
(C&O) at a crossing of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
, a busy north-south route. Both railroads are now owned by CSX Transportation
, although the former Virginia Central line is leased to a short-line carrier, Buckingham Branch Railroad
. The area near the Doswell train station is a popular train-watching site for railfans
Formerly consisting primarily of farmland, today Doswell includes many residents who commute to jobs in Richmond
, a major amusement park, and Meadow Event Park
, home of the Virginia State Fair
, are located in the town.
It is the namesake of the Doswelliidae
, an extinct family of reptiles, the fossils of which were found nearby.