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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

267-5005 Northampton Lumber Company Historic District

Northampton Lumber Company Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/20/2008

NRHP Listing Date 05/29/2008

NPS property number 08000480

Located in Nassawadox, the Northampton Lumber Company Historic District has been in operation since its first building was constructed in 1898, likely making it the oldest continuous building supply store on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The complex consists of a store, saw mill, and various other supply and storage buildings, as well as rail lines for transporting supplies to the yard and finished products to buyers. Charter members of the company were John W. Chandler, John C. Walker, and Barton D. Holland, successful businessmen and entrepreneurs. During the 20th century, the company produced lumber and barrels for on-site packing and shipping of produce, particularly potatoes. The company has played a central role in the lives of Nassawadox citizens, as over ten percent of the town has typically been employed at the lumber company. The Eastern Shore’s ideal growing conditions and easy access to shipping points has contributed significantly to the success and longevity of the company, which still provides a full line of building materials and hardware.


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

Updated February 4, 2019