Roadside Commerce

Roadside Commerce (HM1YKX)

Location: Wakefield, VA 23888 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 58.429', W 76° 59.312'

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Virginia's highway system took shape during the 1920s as automobile ownership expanded rapidly. State Route 52 was established in 1928 to connect Suffolk with Prince George County. In 1933, this road became part of the new U.S. 460 from Roanoke to the Chesapeake Bay. The highway was later extended to St. Louis, Missouri, but its western terminus was eventually fixed at Frankfort, Kentucky. To accommodate travelers' needs, entrepreneurs opened gas stations, motels, and cafes along the roadside. Among these was the Virginia Diner, which D'Earcy and Laura Davis established here in 1929 inside a refurbished Surry, Sussex and Southampton Railroad car.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 5:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322997 N 4093815
Decimal Degrees36.97381667, -76.98853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 58.429', W 76° 59.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 58' 25.74" N, 76° 59' 18.72" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-408 General Mahone Hwy, Wakefield VA 23888, US
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