Albemarle Forests and Timber Products

This Sunday the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) hosts an open quarterly meeting, for members and the public. The event is scheduled for Veteran’s Day, November 11th, at 2pm in the Emmanuel Church in Greenwood. The meeting will include the ACHS Annual Report, elections of officers, and an illustrated talk on the tree industry by Tom Dierauf (formerly with the Virginia Department of Forestry). After the talk there will be a chance to tour two lumber companies: Yancey (the origin of the name Yancey Mills) and J.B. Barnes. For more information (and directions), visit the ACHS Website.

When settlers first arrived in Albemarle they spent Former King Lumber Warehouse a great deal of time clearing the then heavily forested Piedmont. Shortly there after, this lumber was used to build houses and fences. In the early 20th Century, W.W. King built a warehouse for storing timber products, shown here in an old photograph (the warehouse, not Reid’s Supermarket). This company went out of business during the depression, but many other industries flourished and continue into the present. Come join us this Sunday to learn more about this historic industry.

One Response to “Albemarle Forests and Timber Products”

  1. Steven G. Meeks Says:

    The building labeled as “Napa Auto Parts” was in my youth the first site of the Lowes building supply. The ACHS has some nice photos of this building when it was King’s and the building that stood where Reid’s now is.

    Lowes left that site in the early 70′s for one on 250 east , the current Floor Fashions building, then moved on to 29 north to another building which was later replaced by the current building.

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