Benjamin’s Department Store

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A three-story brick commercial building situated in Exmore in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore, Benjamin’s Department Store, circa 1910, is an example of department store commerce from the early 20th century, meaning the building’s form and general appearance is a rarity on the Eastern Shore. It was commissioned by Exmore town-founder John W. Chandler (whose house is also listed in the registers), a local produce broker and large county landholder, and operated by Harry Benjamin, a member of a successful merchant family in the area during the early 20th century, when the shore region’s economy was primarily agricultural and produce was shipped via steamship to major northern ports.  Benjamin’s Department Store was rented to the Peebles Department Store chain in the mid-20th-century, and the building closed near the end of the century.

Last Updated: December 26, 2023

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

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