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History of the Edge Hill Intersection

 
 
History of the Edge Hill Intersection Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 26, 2021
1. History of the Edge Hill Intersection Marker
Inscription.  
You are standing at the intersection of John Clayton Memorial Highway, leading to Mathews County, and George Washington Memorial Highway, which connects Gloucester to the Lower Peninsula and has been a main thoroughfare since the colonial period.

This intersection has been integral to the growth of Gloucester's economy since the 17th century. It was the site of the county's first traffic light and still remains one of Gloucester's busiest intersections.

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Edge Hill intersection, 1961.
1. Calhoun Street
2. Colonial Store grocery, c. 1959; formerly the Old Fair Grounds and currently Village Lanes Bowling
3. Edge Hill Service Station, 1930, with Ladies' Lounge; currently the Center for Archaeology, Preservation, and Education. The car wash was constructed later, in 1986.
4. Route 14/John Clayton Memorial Highway
5. Edge Hill House, also known as the Gloucester Woman's Club, c. 1750 - 1770
6. Ellis Hall's Amoco station, currently W.L. Garrison Tile Contractor, c. 1950
7. Old Broaddus and Hall building, c. 1944
8. Route 17 Business/Main Street, widening
History of the Edge Hill Intersection Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 26, 2021
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9. Yorktown Ice & Storage Company, c. 1937; formerly Southern States and currently Gloucester Brewing Co.
10. Service station, c. 1930s, no longer standing
11. Ware House Road
12. Hodges & Bryant, 1955, moved to current location 1963

[Caption:]
This ice pick from the Yorktown Ice & Storage Company was found in the walls of the Edge Hill Service Station during its restoration. The building across the street, which is currently Gloucester Brewing Company, housed Yorktown Ice & Storage, later known as County-City Supply Corporation, from 1924 to 1961.
 
Erected by The Fairfield Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1961.
 
Location. 37° 24.751′ N, 76° 31.215′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Virginia, in Gloucester County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Business U.S. 17) and John Clayton Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 3/14), on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6783 Main St, Gloucester VA 23061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. People & Personalities of Edge Hill (here, next to this marker); Traveling Gloucester (here, next to this marker);
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Texaco Gas Pumps, c. 1930s (here, next to this marker); Gloucester Downtown Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Edge Hill Service Station (a few steps from this marker); "Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears the Star" (a few steps from this marker); Restoration of the Edge Hill Service Station (a few steps from this marker); Ware Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Dec. 8, 2022