Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
George Jolliffe was just 21 when he opened his first store, the American Bazaar, on the ground floor of the Blen Avon Hotel in 1895. He built this establishment on the site of George Brinkman's first bakery in 1899. After the move, the store was always referred to in advertisements simply as Jolliffe's. The first floor of the store held dry goods and off the rack items while the upstairs was dedicated to tailor made ladies garments. The family lived on the third floor before moving to West Main Street. Seasonal openings were held in the Autumn and at Easter to debut the newest clothing lines.
Part of the second floor was occupied by the offices of Drs. Worder and Mockin and in 1941, J. Lee Evans Furniture Store moved into the Jolliffe. First established in 1898, this was Evans's third and final location. It closed in 1979 after 81 years in business.
Erected by West Virginia Humanities Council and Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 W Main St, Grafton WV 26354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Merchants & Mechanics Savings Bank (a few steps from this marker); Brinkman Block (a few steps from this marker); The First Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Loar Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Colerider Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Gough Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grafton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome To Historic Grafton West Virginia (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.