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February 16, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Towns: New Store

Peter Francisco

In the early part of the 19th century, W.D. Jones ran a store in the southern part of Buckingham County.  According to tradition, New Store was named for Jones’ establishment.

Surviving accounts reveal that he had a famous customer — Revolutionary hero, Peter Francisco.  In 1821, Francisco paid $.75 for a gallon of molasses, $.06 for a silk handkerchief, $3.48 for 20 ½ lbs of brown sugar.  That’s a lot of brown sugar!

Was he brewing hard apple cider for his tavern?

In 1938, Jones’ store was still standing when Elizabeth McCraw wrote her survey for the Virginia Historical Inventory.

To locate New Store, click here:

Detail Map: Sheppards, Curdsville, and New Store.”

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  1. Nancy Baldwin / Feb 16 2014 4:17 pm

    Does anyone know what the initials W. D. stood for? I am related to John Anthony Jones so would like to tract W. D. to see if he was related to John. John did have a brother named William.
    Thanks.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 16 2014 8:26 pm

      Nancy, I don’t know. Perhaps another reader will comment. Joanne

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