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052-0066 Keokee Store No. 1

Keokee Store No. 1
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VLR Listing Date 03/07/2007

NRHP Listing Date 04/30/2007

NPS property number 07000397

Located less than a mile from the Kentucky state line in Lee County, the Keokee Commissary was built in 1910 by the Stonega Coke and Coal Company (formerly the Keokee Coal and Coke Company). Known thereafter as Keokee Store No. 1, the store was repaired in 1930, and then closed by Stonega in 1932. It was constructed of local stone, with structural walls over a foot thick. The distinctive large dormers on each side were at one time complemented by a large fan window and colonnaded entry porch. The commissary’s community importance was dual: as both the central focal point, and as a symbol of the company’s dominance. In 1938, the Lee County School Board acquired the commissary, and in 1939 applied for Works Progress Administration funds to convert the store into Keokee Gymnasium. At this time, the fan window was covered and the porch removed. After 1939, the building was part of a strong educational emphasis that influenced the lives of many students. It is a rare surviving coal mining-camp commissary from the earliest period of mining in the area; it remains a public school gymnasium today.


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

Updated October 14, 2018