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036-5016 Ware Neck Store and Post Office

Ware Neck Store and Post Office
Photo credit: Thane Harpole, 2008

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VLR Listing Date 03/18/2009

NRHP Listing Date 06/03/2009

NRHP Reference Number 09000393

The Ware Neck Store and Post Office, built for Arthur W. Tabb in 1877, with later additions, typifies the simplified classical architectural style commonly employed in rural vernacular commercial buildings; it also represents the vital economic, social, and govern­mental roles played by stores and post offices in rural communities. Operated for over 130 years, the historically intact store is part of a quickly disappearing class of rural commercial buildings. From Tabb forward, all of the store’s owners helped create a sense of community and continuity with the store. Its proximity to Hockley Wharf attracted steamboat passengers traveling along the eastern seaboard from the time it was built until the 1930s. And its location at the intersection of State Routes 692 and 623 on Ware Neck in Gloucester County made it a convenient place for generations of local residents to shop and socialize, as it still does today. Starting in 1886, and continuing with few interruptions to the present time, the building harbored the Ware Neck Post Office.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: July 21, 2021