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May 28, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Auction: White Hall (Dillwyn)

Dillwyn, Buckingham County, Virginia. Photo by Joanne Yeck.

In 1904, as a result of a decree in the Buckingham County Circuit Court, land and machinery were to be auctioned at White Hall, later called Dillwyn. The sale was the result of a suit by Della M. Hall against the White Hall Company, et. al.

The property to be auctioned included 200 acres of land, already developed with many stores and other valuable buildings, plus an additional 100 town lots which had already been surveyed and laid off. An advertisement in Richmond’s Times-Dispatch stated: THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE EXCEEDINGLY VALUABLE. The Buckingham Branch of the C. & O. Railroad ran through the village. There was a public school house and churches, as well as stores. The advertisement went on to say:

The machinery and engines are in first-class condition, and are suitable for the manufacture of all kinds of lumber, hickory handles, etc. White Hall is a prosperous and growing village, in a fine farming region, and a valuable tobacco and lumber trade is now carried on there. It would be a most excellent location for a furniture or wagon factory.

The terms were typical, one third in cash and the balance in equal installments. The purchaser was required to keep the buildings insured until the purchase money was fully paid. The advertisement was signed by the court-appointed Special Commissioners: F. C. Moon, Lynchburg, Virginia; John R. Moss, Buckingham Courthouse; S. S. P. Patteson, Richmond, Virginia.

Attorney Frank C. Moon also maintained a residence at Snowden in Buckingham County.

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