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July 31, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Emmet D. Gregory

Slate-River-Ramblings_Gregory-Store Courtesy Bill Coleman

The celebrated teacher and heiress, Miss Laura E. Gregory, had a prosperous brother named Emmet who conducted business in Buckingham County. The American Almanac (1882) ran the following advertisement on the back of the edition:

Emmet D. Gregory, Enonville, Va. Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, Table and Pocket Cutlery, Drugs, Medicines, Paints and Oils, Dried Fruits, Garden Seeds, &c. Customers will find our stock complete, comprising many articles it is impossible here to enumerate, and all sold at moderate prices.


Emmet D. Gregory was a founding member of Andersonville Masonic Lodge #242. In 1893, he held the position of Worshipful Master. At that time, A.E. Coleman was the Tiller and his brother, J. Lee Coleman, was the Secretary.


In 1902, E.D. Gregory was postmaster of Dillwyn, Buckingham County. By 1912, he was mayor.


In 1920, he placed the following advertisement in the Manufacturers Record:
LARGE bodies of iron-ore, pyrites, gold and copper lands for sale on easy terms: mineral lands of all kinds, etc. Send for catalogue of farms and mineral lands. Emmet D. Gregory. First National Bank Bldg., Dillwyn, Va.


Does a Slate River Ramblings reader know exactly where Emmet Gregory’s wondrous store was located?

Many thanks to Hal Coleman for introducing me to the Gregory family.


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  1. Louise in Central Virginia / Jul 31 2014 12:52 pm

    The picture you posted is not the Dillwyn Post Office. It is a view of the back of the farm house of Joshua Davis. The post office was originally in his store attached to this house, but the store addition had burned down long before this picture was sketched.

    By the time Mr, Gregory was appointed postmaster, the post office was in the town of Dillwyn. It was in the store of postmaster H. M. White in 1893.

    I really enjoy your Slateriver Ramblings.

    The attached document was written on Microsoft Word. If you can’t open it I can copy it to something you can open. Sincerely, Louise Davis Hume in Central Virginia ~~~~

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 31 2014 1:13 pm

      Louise, Many thanks for the correction. Glad to know that is the Joshua Davis farm house. I’ll change the image and write to you about the Word document. Joanne


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