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Gravely Tobacco Warehouse

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c. 1870. VA 57 at County Rd. 648, 7.7 miles north of Axton

Once part of a large tobacco manufacturing complex with adjacent residences, the warehouse is the only surviving company building of B. F. Gravely and Sons. The three-bay brick warehouse has windows set into segmental arches, a stepped brick cornice, and parapeted gable ends with ventilation openings in a diamond pattern. The interior was mostly gutted by fire but was refitted as a custom woodworking shop. Almost all of the many structures built by the Gravelys are gone. The most lasting mementos of a once-thriving community are the sheaves of pampas grass that have invaded the neighborhood, descendants of a plant Mrs. B. F. Gravely brought back from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Gravely Tobacco Warehouse", [Martinsville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 236-236.

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