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July 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Mystery

In early 1859, the advertisement above was published by John A. Shackleford of New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia.

In it, he promoted his New Canton Hotel, convenient to James River and to persons traveling to Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute. To date, no more has been found about the establishment.

What follows attempts to decipher a faint, illegible clipping:


JOHN A. SHACKLEFORD having purchased this property respectfully informes the public that is now open for their reception and accommodation.

He intends by strict attention to business to [earn] a share of the public patronage.

He will also keep horses and buggies, and a hack for Hire.


New Canton, April 9, 1858

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader recognize the New Canton Hotel? If so please comment below.



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