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Property Name Waverly Downtown Historic District
Reference Number 13000344
State Virginia
County Sussex
Town Waverly
Street Address Generally sunounding West Main Street from County Drive West to Coppahaunk Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/28/2013
Areas of Significance
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Waverly is located at what was once a very important stop on the Norfolk and Petersburg (today's Norfolk Southern) Railroad. The town remains the county's center of commerce. The historic district is significant in the areas of commerce, industry, transportation, and architecture as an unusually well preserved depot town on the important rail line connecting Norfolk, Virginia, with points to the west. It contains a fine collection of brick commercial buildings, most of which were built after a destructive fire which destroyed much of the town in 1904. The town's prosperity was associated with the processing and export of the region's agricultural products and with the exploitation ofthe region's rich timber reserves from the late 19th through the mid-20th century.


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