“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Broadnax in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Broadnax Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
1. Broadnax Marker
Inscription.  A community of mills, warehouses, homes and stores sprang up with the construction of the Atlantic and Danville Railway in the 1890s. A combination freight and passenger station was located at Brodnax shown here in 1948. Bales of cotton, timber and other commodities shipped from Brodnax by rail until the 1950s. An abundance of cucumbers and peaches grown nearby were graded, packed and shipped from the town. One of the old grading stations is located at the Whitby Produce market which continues to provide an outlet for local produce.

For many years prior to its decimation by the boll weevil, cotton was a major crop in the region and the Dugger Cotton Company had the largest cotton market in Virginia. The Brodnax Cotton Mill established in the 1930s has evolved into Brodnax Mills, which now produces specialty yarns of natural and synthetic materials.

The town was bustling in the 1950s with a post office, hardware stores, three furniture stores, five grocery stores, lunch room, numerous shops—a department store, clothing, and two general merchandise stores; five gas stations; service establishments for
Tobacco Heritage Trail - Broadnax Access Point image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
2. Tobacco Heritage Trail - Broadnax Access Point
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plumbing and heating, shoe repair, barber; and a pulpwood center, saw mills and a planing mill to support the booming wood industry.

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Brodnax circa 1905 A&D Crossbars visible at end of Main St Carolyn D. Spencer
Brodnax Freight & Passenger Station William E. Griffin Jr.
Dugger Cotton Company
Erected by Tobacco Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
Location. 36° 42.216′ N, 78° 1.281′ W. Marker is in Broadnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker can be reached from Railroad Street, half a mile east of High Street when traveling east. Located on the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mecklenburg County / Brunswick County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rolling Post Office (approx. 1.2 miles away); The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (approx. 1.7 miles away); Town of La Crosse (approx. 4.1 miles away); Tobacco As a Way of Life (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bridges of Brunswick County
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(approx. 4.6 miles away); Brunswick County, Virginia (approx. 4.7 miles away); Brunswick County / Mecklenburg County (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadnax.
Also see . . .  Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 1, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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