Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday's Treasures - Meador's Store


Moneta, Virginia

So carrying on from Friday, this sits next door to the Produce Warehouse/Dinwiddie & the movie "What About Bob", this was the store. From what I have been able to find is that this was an antique shop/coffee shop when the film crew wanted to use it and it was changed into a store...I haven't been able to find much on it except I think it was originally the Meador Store...from the small amount of info I could find!

These were taken in August, it's not as green now!

I actually crept along this porch, against my husband's better judgment!

I like that light hanging!

If you look closely in the window, you can see that people have left lots of little messages, mostly relating to the movie.

I also like these doors!!

See?! Isn't that a pretty cool light?!

A peek inside...I guess leftovers from its antique store days...I see a Trivial Pursuit game!
Looking towards the produce warehouse from Friday...

While we were there snapping pictures, another man from the "Abandoned Virginia" Facebook page was there haha, small world! 

Also, a local that lives behind here somewhere drove down and stopped to talk with my husband and myself. He grew up here, a bit younger than I am...he mentioned how a lot of people come here to take pictures and he understood, didn't seem bugged by it at all...seemed to love these old buildings too...even said he had his senior pictures taken here!! He was a nice guy!

I was trying to find some info on it, like when it was built, but came up empty handed...I did find some neat history though that does mention this and the building from Friday, plus the history of the area and can read up by clicking these links: Down Home in Smith Mountain Lake & Moneta, The Little Town That Keeps Going

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures & Our World Tuesday

Sorry for loading up on pictures on this post! Since I haven't been a regular poster lately I'm trying to catch up and get out of summer pics!!

Hope everyone is healthy and doing well!!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dinwiddie & Son


Old Moneta

Hi again! Ugh, this new format (new to me) is taking some getting used to! Anyways, remember last time I posted I was telling you about this little abandoned place where some of the movie "What About Bob" had been filmed? To be honest I couldn't care less where the movie was filmed...I  saw it way back when it came out and thought it was funny and all...had no idea it had been filmed here, but then I lived way out in California when that happened haha...anyways, you know how I just love old, abandoned things so it only makes sense that I belong to a group called "Abondoned Virginia" on Facebook and that is where I first saw posts of this place, and learned about the filming of the, this building was spruced up and became the "bus depot" in the movie...

In real life though, which I'm more interested in this old place's history and the stories it could tell...I wasn't able to find out much, only that this building started out as Dinwiddie & Son.

This was once a thriving little village until the road was rerouted...

"It was the railroad, the same thing that helped the little town prosper, that killed the Moneta that was. Trains held up traffic longer than Virginia law allowed so the state rerouted Virginia 122 and closed the railroad crossing in 2000. The shops on Old Moneta Road soon closed and fell to ruin."

Quote found HERE

I'll show you more on Monday :)

Have a great weekend!