Squash-a-penny Junction, Part 2

So this is my Squashapenny Junction Recap, Part Deux! Remember this amazing place I blogged about last week? Well, there was soooo much to talk about, I thought it would be best to split it into a two-part series. That way I didn’t totally overload you with all of the amazing eye candy! Just in case you forgot, here’s the main building from the front of the property that holds lots of vintage treasure! One thing I forgot to add, was that the owner of Squashapenny also sells a lot of these items as movie props…how cool is that?

Lots of treasure to be found in the Squashapenny General Store!

Directly across the street is this beautiful farmhouse. I can’t even tell you how much I love this house!!! With the green shutters and that wonderfully welcoming wrap around front porch!! (I think there’s a cold glass of sweet tea calling my name on that porch somewhere) Anywho, apparently it was the original hotel for the town since the railroad tracks are located a stones throw away from the home. This house was also constructed around the 1860’s (same time period as the general store building). Today, it is now a private residence…

I would LOVE to see the inside of this beautiful 1860’s home!

Next to the old farmhouse is this charming brick building that was the town’s original bank. This building was not constructed until 1920. Today, it has become a high end antique store that houses some serious americana collectibles. It wasn’t open when I was there visiting, but I drooled while peeking in the window. There were hobby horses and hand painted signs and lots of other amazing early american antiques. The sign on the window said “by appointment only,” so don’t plan on just popping in this place.

The town bank, circa 1920.

When the Mr. and I came out of the general store building, we thought that we had seen all there was to look at. The shop owner told us there was more around back and boy was she right! We walked through the side yard and found this wonderful iron horse sculpture and old tin shed.

The Mr. wanted to take this pony and place him in our front yard!

Once we were inside, we were surprised to see less wacky general store type merchandise and more items that reflected a primitive, early american style. Most of the merch in this building was not tagged, so I’m guessing you’ve got to name your price with the shop owner. One item that I fell in love with was this early hobby horse…hmmm…I’m detecting a bit of a horse theme…

Great early american hobby horse, all hand painted and constructed from wood.

This photo reminds me a lot of my own kitchen! I love old baskets, firkins and any kind of early cupboard. This cupboard was probably the top half to a larger pantry. The firkin in the foreground is in excellent condition and I loved the two-toned paint. Firkins are very hard to find in the south…maybe because majority of them were destroyed during the civil war? If you’re looking for a firkin, my recommendation is to head to Pennsylvania where they seem to be at every antique show and shop. Anyway, this one was a really nice size but lacked a price tag.

Lookin’ for a firkin? Better grab this one because they are hard to find in Virginia!

This building was small, but packed full of small cupboards, chairs and other early american primitive antiques. I loved the color of this red cupboard sitting next to the dark green file cabinet.

One thing I look for with primitives is rich, dark colors!

Here’s another corner of the building…

Adorable white pantry and I love the feed sign!

So pick a pretty day and head to Doswell, VA where all of these wonderful items are waiting for you! You will feel as if you stepped back in time…and if you place your own penny on the train tracks and wait for a train to come by…you can make your very own Squashapenny!

Let me know if you visit and what you think!

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5 thoughts on “Squash-a-penny Junction, Part 2

  1. Love the pictures! I spent lots of time in the Hotel, Bank and Store as My Aunt and Uncle Darnell owned it all. After they passed my Cousin sold it and moved on. The pictures really take me back. Thank you!!

    • Wow! Bill…thank you for visiting my blog! What an amazing little spot there with all three properties! When your aunt and uncle owned it…was the store an operational general store/grocery store? I bet you have some amazing stories…

      • Yes, the Darnell’s ran the store. When my Uncle Roy wasn’t working graveyard shift for the railroad he was running the store or sleeping. My Aunt Georgie too ran the store and took care of the animals there at the house and bartns which consisted of peacocks, ducks, horses, fox, raccoon, cats, dogs, birds, etc. It was such a great place to visit as a child.Oh, btw it’s a two story house with a full basement. That’s where the kitchen, cellar, and a very large single room is. As kids, we were convinced the top floor was haunted and never went up there. Most all of the furnishings were covered with sheets. I didn’t even like going to the bathroom on the 1st floor alone Lol. The store usually had some locals sitting around the pot belly stove (in the middle of the store) just hanging out. Open top soft drink cooler, butcher shop, clothes, supplies and foods. I always got free candies and drinks. Got my first taste of chewing tobacco there when I snuck a plug and later tried it, ugh! Lot’s more to tell…. Thanks

  2. To add more history – my great-grandfather Daniel Elliott Campbell owned and ran this store from 1895 (from what I’ve read) until his death around 1953/4, and my grandmother grew up here. She was born in 1917. She used to talk about hobos coming off the trains during the depression, and her parents would feed them. There were always people coming and going. We have beautiful wedding photos from her 1944 reception at “the home of the bride” (from the wedding announcement), which look just like the front porch of this farmhouse. I never heard about a bank though. I’m so excited to find these photos and also the memories of the house/store from the Darnell family. I’d love to hear more.

    • Mary Catherine! This is awesome!! What a rich history that place has. And with your story…it reminds me of the small store/restaurant from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” that is also next to the railroad tracks. If only the walls of that adorable building could talk…what stories they could tell. If you ever want to share any other photos with me of the building, I will post them as a follow up to this story!

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