I'm sure there are some stories and history behind a place like this!
It's sad looking right now, but I'll bet in its heyday that it was the place to be.
I bet it was the place to be. Just a few years ago a guy was still running a general store out of it. It looked then pretty much as you see it now. He would stock his shelves with things he bought at the local grocery store and then double the prices. You had to be desperate to purchase from him and not want to make the trip to the nearest grocery store.
I have a co-worker that used to live in Spotsylvania County. She always called it Spotsyl-tucky. That may have been a reference to the guy that ran this store :)
I used to teach college in Fredericksburg and the kids would use the same reference for Spotsylvania County. It's actually not a bad place to live. Yes, there are a few Bubbas here and there, but they are everywhere in VA once you scratch below the surface. Hell, I live in Caroline.... if Spotsy is Kentucky then what in god's name would that make Caroline??
My father Arthur Beazley Jr. owned this store.It was officially listed as Arcadia Service but it was better known locally as "Old Beazley's store".
My grandparents acquired the building around 1932.In 1951 the house I live in was built and they moved here and closed off the second floor.It was only used for storage after that.
The bottom floor was a general store.A true representation of the old time "Mom and Pop/country store".The prices weren't as bad as R.W.Dawson makes it seem.A good portion of the items he sold were bought from Food Lion on special and he sold them for regular price.
One of the most commonly heard things about the store was that it had the coldest beer in the area.There was always a small rush of people around quitting time lol.
Another notable part of the store was that it was the only place around that you could open a line of credit.All the records were kept in a wood covered,handwritten log book(That's right,no computers in this store lol).
My father died in November of 2003.The store sat unused other than storage for some of my stuff for a few years.The store was just recently auctioned off in August 2010.The new owner is in the process of renovating/restoring the building with the intentions of putting some sort of small business there.
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Wow! Gamebred, thank you for filling in the details. I am so happy that it going to be restored. I bet before 95 was built that business was very good. It was very likely the happening place to be. Again, thank you.
New roof has been put on,Sagging balcony has been lifted and a new support column inserted.The two Chimneys on the left have been temporarily removed until warmer weather.Mortar doesn't set up to well in the cold.
The new owner is now having yard sales/flea markets on the weekends.Rents out a a small area to people for a small fee to help pay for repairs.
Thank you for the up-date!
May be interesting to see the building restored. Someone to show us ? ;)
It hasn't changed. It still looks the same. Here is a more recent photo of the same building. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/75881089
I pass by this building regularly on my way to and from Richmond. Last Sat. I stopped to take pictures and there was lots of yard sale activity with different people selling things. I had a chance to speak with the owner, a man named Rick. He was telling me about some of the history of the property. He said it was the first integrated business in Spotsylvania County - serving black and whites. He mentioned it was a restaurant, gas station and B&B. I was wondering if Gamebred or anyone else can verify these as facts. Being very interested in civil rights history, I am especially interested in the integration part. Thanks!
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