Old Thomas James Store, Mathews Co., Slide Show

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Salt Meat Trade:

A Tidewater village store could be expected to stock salt-cured meats, especially pork. Discoloration and a briny efflorescence on the ceiling's joists (top) resulted from the salting of hams in the attic above the store's first floor.
   (In the attic, nails for hanging pork are neatly spaced along the collar ties of the roof's rafters.)