Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Hall Village
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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 Richmond, Virginia.)
2. The Boxwood Inn. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, 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 Richmond, Virginia.)
4. Lee Hall Depot (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.