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The Soapstone Factory

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Late 19th century. Schuyler Rd. at Alberene Loop

The Alberene Soapstone Company harvested and processed soapstone here from quarries in central Virginia. The former factory buildings are rapidly deteriorating into a picturesque ruin. Here soapstone from Schuyler was made into acid-proof sinks, electric switchboards and insulators, tabletops, and other products. At least one of the surviving old buildings is made from stacked slabs of waste soapstone, and others are frame, including the large commissary sheathed with asphalt shingles.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "The Soapstone Factory", [Schuyler, 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, 179-179.

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