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Lee Hall Village

 
 
Lee Hall Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
1. Lee Hall Village Marker
Inscription. As passenger and freight activity became significant, the village of Lee Hall developed around the depot. Numerous places of business sprang up to support the activity generated by the depot including a schoolhouse, Dozier’s dairy, H.M. Clements’ store, Emma Curtis’ cafe, and S.R. Curtis’ grocery, post office and hotelry.

H.M. Clements’ store provided residents with a meat shop, grocery, dry goods and other materials, as well as a home to salesmen renting upstairs apartments. Buildings erected on either side—a bar, bowling alley and barber shop—supported his business and added entertainment. Emma Curtis’ cafe and tavern next door fed residents and travelers.

The size of the village fostered a close-knit feeling of community. Vada Curtis opened her home as a hostess house and dance hall during World War I to welcome returning soldiers, while Dozier’s farm and dairy provided milk and meat for residents. As the village expanded, other businesses were established: a Maxwell Car Company dealership (later Ford), tomato packing plant, pickle factory, Esso station, telephone exchange and D.P. Pender chain store.

During the world wars, the depot enjoyed heavy military traffic from nearby Camp Eustis, now Fort Eustis. For Lee Hall residents during World War II, it was commonplace to see POWs and soldiers
The Boxwood Inn at Lee Hall Village image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
2. The Boxwood Inn at Lee Hall Village
passing through their village enroute to and from camp. The village’s economic vitality began to fade after the war. Cars and trucks replaced trains as the prime movers of products and people.
 
Location. 37° 11.641′ N, 76° 34.343′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Elmhurst Street 0.1 miles south of Yorktown Road (U.S. 238), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Hall Depot (here, next to this marker); C&O "Peninsula Extension" (here, next to this marker); Lee Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Simon Reid Curtis House (a few steps from this marker); An Earthwork in Front (approx. 0.4 miles away); Largest and Most Valuable Estate in the County (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Large Brick Kitchen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Homestead by the Main Road (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo with the caption, "A look toward Yorktown Road from Lee Hall Village with early automobiles and trucks parked in the middle of present day Elmhurst Street."

On the middle left is a photo of "H.M. Clements’ store across from the S.R. Curtis house."

On the lower left left is a photo with the caption, "A view from Lee Hall Village toward Lee Hall Mansion’s main driveway. The school house is in the distance in the woods, and the grove of trees on the far left marks the old Confederate redoubt."

On the upper right is a photo with the caption, "Lee Hall Village during World War I. The S.R. Curtis house is on the left, the depot is in the middle and the Clements’ store is on the right."

Photos courtesy of Naomi Hoover
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee Hall Depot. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Boxwood Inn. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company. The Old Dominion Land Company and the Development of the City of Newport News. A Collection of Maps, Blueprints, Photographs and Documents. Newport News Public Library. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Lee Hall Depot (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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