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December 18, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Arvonia Inn: Public Auction

Arvonia Hotel Auction

On November 25, 1919, the Arvonia Inn was offered for sale at public auction by the Arvonia Improvement Co. Advertised in Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch, it was described as follows:

This hotel is an attractive substantial three-story building, containing 19 rooms, exclusive of the basement, which contains 3 rooms; water and gas in the house.  Also one acre of land with a large livery stable and all necessary outbuildings. 

According to Margaret A. Pennington and Lorna Scott in “The Courthouse Burned—“, Book II, Mr. and Mrs. William LeSueur purchased the Arvonia Inn from Arthur Pitts and made it their residence. Indeed, during the 1920s, the society pages of The Times-Dispatch continued to mention the Arvonia Inn, the LeSueurs, and their guests.

The authors go on to say that Mr. and Mrs. Owen Jeffrey were the next owners. Eventually, they moved to Richmond and, like so many other buildings in Buckingham County, the once grand hotel was lost to fire.

Special thanks to Diane Apperson and Ruby Loving for their help with the Arvonia Hotel posts.

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