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057-5049 Sibley’s and James Store Historic District

Sibley’s and James Store Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/17/2009

NRHP Listing Date 03/24/2010

NPS property number 10000093

The Sibley’s and James Store Historic District, in the Mathews Downtown Historic District, features three store buildings—two of which were connected at some point—that have played a role in the development of the county between circa 1810 and 1959. Old Thomas James Store, circa 1810 and later repositioned on the property during the 19th century, is an excellent and rare example of an early 1800s rural commercial building. Sibley’s General Store, established 1899, is the only example from its era of a vernacular Victorian commercial building in downtown Mathews. The other store, which dates to around 1840, is now attached to the rear of the Sibley’s building. The property on which the stores sit has hosted a general store operation for at least 190 years, ending in 2003.


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

Updated July 15, 2019