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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.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waverly VA 23890, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coppahaunk Springs (approx. ¼ mile away);
N County Dr (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
2. N County Dr (facing east)
Ellis Preaching House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Early Peanut Crop (approx. 3.6 miles away); Carsley United Methodist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Jerusalem Baptist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Roadside Commerce (approx. 7.3 miles away); Wakefield Fountain Corner (approx. 7.3 miles away); Colonel Michael Blow (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
Miles B. Carpenter Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
3. Miles B. Carpenter Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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