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Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse

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Early 19th century. East side of North Princess St. near the south bank of the Potomac River

A utilitarian rubble limestone structure close to the riverbank, the warehouse was built for inspection and storage of tobacco brought to be shipped downstream. Virginia law prescribed that such warehouses be of stone or brick construction with “strong doors, to be hung on iron hinges, and with strong locks or bolts.” One of the few West Virginia examples remaining of a once common Virginia building type, the warehouse was later used as part of a paper mill.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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