Name: Valley Street in Scottsville, Virginia
Date: Ca. 1900
Image Number: RollTwoNeg22A
Comments: Burgess captured the west side of Valley Street in this photograph, using his
panoramic camera with a fisheye lens. See the image below as a guide to these specific buildings:
Population of Scottsville In 1900 Was 1,248; Paper Reveals Interesting Facts
The population of Scottsville in 1900, according to the geography of Virginia published that year, was 1,248.
At that time, according to The Scottsville Courier, you could get on a train any afternoon or evening, bound for Lynchburg, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, or any point west, or a train leaving the Scottsville Depot twice a day took passengers to Richmond and the Virginia "seaside." There was a controversy over the financing of a Scottsville bridge in Buckingham County, with poems pro and con taxation to finance it in the editorial columns.
T.W. Heath knew the value of advertising and advertised his Scottsville Roller Mills, adding that "To my Buckingham patrons, I wish to say that I have made an arrangement with Captain Thomas to ferry them across the river and return for 25 cents per wagon." He also advertised building materials, painting, paper-hanging, and was an agent for "Antiseptic Laundering."
For $45 you could buy one "brand new top buggy, and spring, piano box, leather top." A condensed encyclopedia cost 50 cents, and jobs were offered ambitious salesmen who could make $780 to $936 a year, while the "best shoes in the world" cost $3 a pair.
In the issue of July 5, 1901, we find that a rumor was going around that the Albemarle Soapstone Company had bought a controlling interest in the Virginia Soapstone Company, and the two would merge soon.
D. H. Pitts was elected treasurer and Dr. J.P. Blair secretary of the Scottsville Town Council when Messrs Beal and Pereira were added as new members. The tax on whisky was raised to $40 and a tax on dogs was levied.
The wedding of Frank Russell Moon and Annie Dunscomb Horsley was written up in the social column. It took place June 26, 1901 in Grace Church, Buckingham County. The bride, escorted by her brother, Alexander Caldwell Horsley, was attired in white Paris muslin trimmed with lace and carried a shower bouquet of roses. Her attendants carried ferns and daisies.
Conducting the service was Rev. T.H. Lacy. The groom was attended by his brother, Carey Nelson Moon. Mrs. John Horsley played the wedding march.
Mr. Moon was "a popular and prosperous merchant of Manteo."
After the wedding, "an elaborate luncheon was served" at Traveler's Rest, Warminster, home of the bride. She was the daughter of the late John Horsley and great granddaughter of Major Charles Yancy of Virginia.
Mrs. Henry Burton, matron of honor, was attired in her wedding gown of white silk.
Cures for stomach ailments were advertised in several columns.
The Scottsville National Bank was established in 1901 and advertised "a general banking business." Dr. J.P. Blair was the dentist, who advertised that he would visit Buckingham, Columbia, Arvonia, and Howardsville, and the doctor, J.S. Pendleton, also advertised that he would practice in Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna. In a town of over 1,000, this seems to show that either not so many people were ill as they are nowadays, or the doctors and dentists put in longer hours, and less time per patient!
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