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May 24, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham News: White Hall, 1899

By the spring of 1899, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times was a well-established newspaper. Correspondents from Buckingham County contributed columns on a regular basis, including one from the village of White Hall. The enthusiastic correspondent was identified only as “R.”  On April 27, 1899, the newspaper published:

White Hall.

Since the weather has been fair and favorable for work, the population has been very busy getting their potatoes planted and some have begun to plant corn.

Our town, while not actually on the boom, is building up in a quiet way. The sound of the saw and the hammer is heard, as new buildings are going up.

Mr. W. R. Silvey is having a residence put up. He has purchased the farm of Mr. George W. Garratt, which lies adjacent to this place.

Mr. Geo. W. Garratt and family have removed from their home here to some place in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Robert Smith of this neighborhood, and Miss Jesse Garratt, of this place, were married last week; Rev. W. E. Grant officiating. We hope for the parties much happiness in their married life.

Our Mr. Jefferson Davis is returned last week from New York.

Mrs. H. M. White, accompanied by her son Wilbur, left last week to spend some weeks visiting relatives and friends at Warrenton, Va. we wish her a pleasant visit and a safe return.

Mrs. Wm. R. Silvey is this week visiting her relatives near Rival, Va.

Miss. Susie Harden, of this place, is visiting friends at Gravel Hill.

Mrs. Willie A. Moss is visiting her relatives at Mount Vinco. On her return, we think our friend Willie will have everything already for health we are glad to have them with. . . .

We are glad to see letters from several Buckingham correspondents. Let’s keep our paper to the front.


Within a few years, the development of White Hall would suffer a significant setback.

Coming next: Auction: White Hall (Dillwyn)


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  1. Larry Lamb / May 25 2018 9:06 pm

    I finished your new book last week.It was a very good read and sad at the same time.The Jeffersons did have there ups and downs.As usual your research on them was great.It was easy to read too.I look forward to your next book. Larry.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 26 2018 4:41 am

      Thanks, Larry! More about the Jeffersons and Snowden to come. Stay tuned! Joanne


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