Waynesboro, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
W. J. Loth
On this site stood the home of William J. Loth, founder of the W. J. Loth Stove Company of Waynesboro, which produced coal and wood-burning stoves, and pioneered in the manufacture and sale of electric cooking ranges.
W. J. Loth also owned and operated the Brunswick Inn, a fashionable summer resort, which stood in this same block.
A native of Richmond, VA, W. J. Loth served his adopted city as mayor for three terms.
Location. 38° 3.738′ N, 78° 53.604′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Wayne Ave and 14th St, on the left when traveling south on South Wayne Ave. Touch for map. The marker faces the Waynesboro Library, a few feet from South Wayne Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro VA 22980, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fishburne Military School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waynesboro (approx. half a mile away); Plumb House (approx. half a mile away); William H. Harman Monument (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Waynesboro Early’s Last Battle (approx. 0.9 miles away); Port Republic Road Historic District (approx. one mile away); Virginia Metalcrafters (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesboro.
More about this marker. The house and inn site is now partially occupied by Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, at the corner of South Wayne Ave and 13th St.
Regarding W. J. Loth. Nearby is the Rife-Loth dam, upstream (west) of the bridge over the South River. The dam supported the Rife Ram Pump factory, which has since been replaced by the Ram Works Condominiums. The dam is in need of expensive repairs, and its future is uncertain (as of March 2011).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Loth Stove Company merged with Rife Ram and Pump Works to become the Rife-Loth Corporation, later Virginia Metalcrafters
Also see . . .
1. Rife Ram Pumps. The Rife Company, whose first factory was in Waynesboro, continues to produce ram pumps in and near Wilkes-Barre, PA. (Submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia.)
2. The Future of the Rife-Loth Dam. Discussions are ongoing whether to repair or demolish the dam. (Submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia.)
1. Update on Dam
The dam shown in Photo No. 3 was removed in November 2011 for safety and maintenance reasons. Wildlife organizations hope this will enable stocking the river with brook trout, which are native to the region, but which require cold water to survive. A side effect of the dam had been to let the water warm up too much during the heat of summer.
— Submitted January 12, 2012, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia.
Additional keywords. Brunswick Inn, Rife-Loth Dam
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,969 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2011, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia. 4. submitted on January 12, 2012, by Jim Wilson of Waynesboro (Independent City), Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.