Name: Henry Lane Store
Date: ca. 1960's
Image Number: University of Virginia Library, Lane Store
Comments: Henry L. Lane's store was one of the largest general merchandise
stores in Albemarle County, and it was built immediately south of the Esmont National Bank in Esmont, Virginia. According to his papers,
"Lane Brother's Commissary and Office Building was built in 1911. In an interview for the University of Virginia's
Race and Place project, Ruth Ward described "Mrs. Lane" as running a "clothes store...where you could buy material."
When the Lane's store closed in 1957, it was being used as a drugstore.
Later S.A. Payne operated a general merchandise store in the old Henry Lane Store. Frances Payne's mother-in-law
operated the Payne store, and in the late 1990's while the 85 yr. old mother-in-law was occupying this
store in the late 1990's, it burned down. Fortunately, she escaped safely.
Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Maxwell Johnson for his research and photographs on this Esmont
1) Lane Store. University of Virginia Library. See:
2) Belles, Christopher. "Blaze claims piece of Esmont's history." Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.
3) Henry Lane Deeds, Plats, and Letters, 1848-1912, Accession #4066, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University
of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
4) Jones, Bernie, et al. "Interview of Ruith Ward and Nancy Luck on August 14, 2001, by Bernie Jones and Deva Woodley of the Race and Place Project (Oral History."
Race and Place, Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, 2001.
5) Alexander, Frances, et al. "From the Monacans to Monticello and Beyond: Prehistoric and Historic Contexts for Albemarle County, Virginia."
Garrow & Associates, Inc., May 1995; p. 104.
6) "Country Stores Poster Presentation - Albemarle County," Historic Preservation Committee, Albemarle County, VA; May 2003. see:
Albemarle Country Stores Poster Presentation.
7) "Position Statement on Albemarle County’s Historic Country Stores", Attachemnt H, by the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee (May 6, 2003). See:
Albemarle County Historic Country Stores, Attachment H.
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