Old Country Stores Remembered : 4.12.10

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Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : This is one of the old country store replicas people saw this past weekend at the event sponsored by Nelson County's Museum of Rural History and The Rockfish Valley Foundation. Click to enlarge any photo.
Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : This is one of the old country store replicas people saw this past weekend at the event sponsored by Nelson County's Museum of Rural History

Spruce Creek/Nellysford
Nelson County, Virginia

This past weekend Joseph Morse, author of “Virginia’s Country Stores – A Quiet Passing,” spoke on the importance of country stores to rural communities and will displayed a model of an old county store replete with items one might have purchased there. Rare photographs of Nelson County country stores were also shown.

Cliff Wood (second from left) talks about the old country stores in Nelson County.
Cliff Wood (second from left) talks about the old country stores in Nelson County.

The presentation was put on by Nelson County’s Museum of Rural History in Arrington and The Rockfish Valley Foundation at the old Wintergreen Country Store, the former home of Spruce Creek Gallery.

People attending Sunday's presentation at the old Wintergreen Country Store heard about other facinating stores across Nelson County.
People attending Sunday's presentation at the old Wintergreen Country Store heard about other facinating stores across Nelson County.

Jimmy Wood, proprietor of a store in Wingina, told stories from the past, and Ral Satterwhite, whose family owned a store in Colleen dating back to the 18th century, had old papers dating back to 1835 on display that revealed much about the history of the country store.
Artifacts from a Massies Mill country store owned by Capt. William Massie were also on display.