A White Post in White Post

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White Post, Va

Again, I’m back in Virginia on a scenic byway. Cruising down US 340 south of US 50, I came to Va 659, a small road off to the left. Not wanting to stay on major highways, I took the turn, and in about half a mile, I came to the small town of White Post.

6-WhitePost_2991True to its name, there was a white post sitting in the middle of the only intersection in town. Atop the post are street signs for the four roads leading out from it.

Turning left at the post on “Berry’s Ferry” took me out of town. Soon, I was out in the countryside passing by farms, when I came upon the White Post Railroad Station, now standing abandoned and unused.
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Returning to the white post for a short photo walk led me to some really old historic buildings and two churches standing side by side.

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1797 Livery Stable General Store


Messilla Farm Shop

Messilla Farm Shop


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Greenway Court Parish

Greenway Court Parish


White Post United Methodist

White Post United Methodist


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Post Office

Post Office

Walking south from the Post Office one comes to the only business in town. White Post Restorations. If you’re even close to White Post, be sure to stop in, it’s definitely worth your time.
By “restorations” they mean antique car restoration. Cars and all kinds of other vehicles are being restored to look like new, or even better than new. It’s not a showroom or museum, it’s a working restoration shop. Stop in the office and introduce yourself, and ask about taking a look around

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Lucketts

I’m out again looking for small towns, really small towns. This time I’m concentrating on a couple in Northern Virginia, and in particular, Luckletts. In the words of Wikipedia it’s a Historic Hamlet. I’ve been through here many times, always on the way to somewhere else. It’s a bit bigger than a wide spot in the road but not much. It is on US-15, a busy highway that starts at Interstate 86 in Painted Post, New York (near Corning, NY) and runs almost 792 miles south through Pa, Md, Va, and NC to its terminus at Alternate U.S. Route 17 in Walterboro, South Carolina. (near I-95 a few miles west of Charleston, SC). In the Maryland/Virginia it’s easily found running between Frederick, Md. and Leesburg, Va.

In Lucketts one can find a gas station/convenience store, and a few Antique Shops, the largest seems is The Old Luckletts Store. But Luckletts is also well-known in the Blue Grass community. For 40 years it’s been home to Lucketts Bluegrass a (mostly) weekly bluegrass concert during the cooler months and festivals in the Community Center.

This is the old Schoolhouse, recently rehabilitated and now the Community Center – much later than my first walk in November, it’s now tjhe end of January with snow on the ground.

I took these photos as I strolled around the hamlet one November afternoon


The Lucketts Store

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The Beekeepers Cottage. I especially like the polka-dot patterns on the shutters.


A colorful antique shop about 2 mile south of town.


Across the street from the Lucketts Store

An American Black Walnut tree dropped some of its nuts outside the community center. These nuts start out with a thick green husk, then a very hard nut. After they drop the green husk turns black, and anything like fingers or clothes that comes in contact also turns black. It is the source for a Black Walnut stain to use on wood projects.
These are not the beige walnuts you find in most grocery stores. The nut meat in these has a richer, I’d call it a deeper flavor than the English variety. This is what I prefer in Brownies, Cookies and in my Oatmeal.


Yes that’s a 1950 Ford Coupe that I featured in another blog post


Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church is only a couple of miles from town

Once off US-15 one can find many peaceful country lanes through the surrounding farmland.