Small Town Life

Small Town Life Artifacts

Recreational Boating

Dal Perry spoke of recreational boats on the rivers of West Point. Boating on the rivers in the 1930’s sometimes included races and at least one regatta. In the 1950’s and  60’s there was a West Point Boat Club located at the 7th Street marina on the Mattaponi River.* **

Written on the back of this photo, ”Betty Topping (Vought), Jessie Brooks (Robinson), unknown, Alice Clements and Dal Perry at a regatta of the 1930's.

“Doc”

Dot Krewatch remembers Dr. Riddle “Doc,” pharmacist and owner of Riddle’s Drug Store on Main Street for many years until his retirement in the 1950’s.

Riddle's Drug Store's Lunch Counter

The ladies who ran the lunch counter at Riddle’s Drug Store pose during the Christmas season in the 1950’s. They are from left to right, Frances Massey, Ellen Brown, Mrs. Downey, Arlet Rosson, Catherine Cox, and Flora Gordon. The lunch counter was a favorite hangout for the students of West Point.*

West Point Country Club

The West Point Country Club has served as home for the local golfers for many years. It was a favorite place for dances, card playing, parties, receptions and other social events. A swimming pool was built in the later 1950’s. It was enjoyed by members and provided the opportunity for children to learn to swim.

West Point Country Club, May 1955

Written on the back ”West Point Country Club Ladies golf class taught by John Gove, Golf Pro & CC manager from Sept. 1954 thru July 1965. He suddenly died in his home located on the CC grounds. Mrs. Mary Gove managed the club till a new pro was hired in 1966.”

Drug Stores

Photos of early drug stores seem to be scarce. This ad reminds us of Bray’s Drug Store owned by Charles Bray. The pharmacy served the doctors with their prescriptions, and the public with many other types of goods. Drug stores in the late 20’s sold many items besides drugs.**

Old Masonic Lodge

Built in 1884 was later the home of The Tidewater Review, West Point’s hometown newspaper. The building is no longer standing and the property is owned by the Baptist Church, which is next door. Donald O’Connor remembers walking past the Masonic Lodge and the Baptist Church. He didn’t like walking home after dark because he was frightened to walk by the Baptist Church graveyard.