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Waverly in Sussex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Miles B. Carpenter

 
 
Miles B. Carpenter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
1. Miles B. Carpenter Marker
Inscription. Miles B. Carpenter (1889-1985) moved to a Sussex County peanut farm from Pennsylvania in 1902. He entered the lumber business in 1912 with a planing mill and sawmill. When business slowed during World War II, he whittled figures but did not carve in earnest until the 1960s, when his watermelons, peanut men, and whimsical monsters earned him a national reputation as a folk artist. Carpenter's woodcarvings reflected the influence of Sussex County's two major industries: lumber and peanuts.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 308.)
 
Location. 37° 2.26′ N, 77° 5.635′ W. Marker is in Waverly, Virginia, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of North County Drive (U.S. 460) and Hunter Street (Virginia Route 653), on the right when traveling east on North County Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waverly VA 23890, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coppahaunk Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ellis Preaching House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Early Peanut Crop (approx. 3.6 miles away); Carsley United Methodist Church
N County Dr (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
2. N County Dr (facing east)
(approx. 6.3 miles away); Jerusalem Baptist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Colonel Michael Blow (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Cattle (Beefsteak) Raid (approx. 9.5 miles away); Sussex County / Southampton County (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waverly.
 
Also see . . .
1. Miles Burkholder Carpenter. Smithsonian American Art Museum (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Miles B. Carpenter House. National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Miles B. Carpenter Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
3. Miles B. Carpenter Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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