Farmville Historic Main Street Walking Tour

A walking tour of key buildings along Farmville's historic main street.

Farmville Historic Main Street Walking Tour

Farmville, Virginia 23901, United States

Created By: Public History

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A walking tour of key buildings along Farmville's historic main street.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Craddock-Terry Warehouse The Craddock-Terry Shoe Factory was originally built as a tobacco prizery in the early 20 th century and was remodeled by Farmville to attract an employer to town during the Great Depression. The company would produ... Read more
The North Gate Service Station on Main Street has its history in a developing Farmville. Now an outdoor adventure store which caters to Farmville's rich outdoor experiences, the building has existed in many forms throughout the community's ... Read more
The Whitfield building is the oldest building still standing on Main Street. It has stood there since at least the Civil War.  The building has served many purposes over the years. It has been everything from a clothing store, to a hardwar... Read more
Walker's Diner Walker’s Diner was featured on an episode of “American Diner Revival”, hosted by Ty Pennington and aired May 22, 2015. Two men named Mr. Ford and Mr. Martin were the initial owners of the building. The diner itself was ... Read more
Reid Cafe / Uptown Coffee Reid’s Cafe was a restaurant that was located where Uptown Cafe currently resides at 236 N Main Street. Reid’s was listed in the 1954 edition of  The Negro Travelers’ Green Book. The building dates back to t... Read more
The Davidson building is a great example of old school architecture in downtown Farmville.  The Davidson building is located at 229 North Main Street, Farmville Va 23901. In recent years the storefront has transitioned away from the old ar... Read more
The Longwood bookstore used to be owned and operated by a bank.  The building was used as the First National Bank from 1900 until it eventually shut down.  The bank originally only occupied the front corner of the space, before expanding ... Read more
The Doyne Building This building and the Doyne family which owned it were a staple in Farmville's history for many years. The Doyne’s were a mainstay in the Farmville community, owning an influential business that catered to the t... Read more
Farmville Baptist Church    In the past, Farmville Baptist church was integrated holding both black and white residents during Sunday services. Not until the 1950s did the elite influence the community to segregate. Due to this, Farmville... Read more
Prince Edward County Courthouse The courthouse you see here today was built in 1939 as part of the Roosevelt Administration’s PWA. Prior to that, a small brick courthouse and clerk’s office built in 1872 stood on this property. The orig... Read more
Town Hall/Opera house       The town hall was originally built on September 9, 1855 by Messrs. Burton and as an opera house. The town hall is currently located at 116 North Main Street.  The opera house was the first building to be ow... Read more
The State Theatre/Crute Theatre/Eaco Theatre   The Eaco Theatre was built in the 1920s. There was a need for a more modern theatre to show motion pictures to the audiences. Most of the Eaco theatre was destroyed when the roof collapsed on ... Read more
First Baptist Church First Baptist Church was originally created for the growing Farmville population. However, after a while, First Baptist Church became the home for many of Farmville’s African American population during segregation. Fi... Read more
Beulah African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of many historic churches located on Main Street. Beulah is most known for their work and participation during the civil rights movement. Church officials played a vital role in the attempts ... Read more
Watkins Abbitt Federal Building This building was named after Watkins M. Abbitt, who served in the House of  Representatives from 1949 - 1973. He advocated for the segregation of schools in Farmville, Virginia in the Civil Rights Era. Fort... Read more


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