Saturday, October 10, 2015

Whipple Company Store

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The Whipple Company Store is a historic one of a kind, coal camp company store, located in Whipple, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA. It was designed and built ca.1890 by the Coal Baron Justus Collins, and is a two and a half story, frame octagon building. It sits on a coursed stone faced foundation and features a prominent arched opening at the main entrance. As a company store, it remained in operation until August 1954, the New River Company Whipple mine closed in 1957.
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Unsure of what to do on a rained-out climbing day, we took the store tour and it's definitely worth a stop. The design aspects to listen into miner's wives' conversations, protect the building, store caskets, etc. are pretty amazing.
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We next headed to Thurmond, WV.
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