The 20th Edition Collectible Ornament is "Edge Hill Service Station". The Edge Hill Service Station was built in 1930 and opened in January1931 at the east end of Gloucester’s Main Street. Owned and operated initially by J.C. Brown, on land he purchased from Thomas Calhoun Walker, the station was a landmark for decades, gaining a reputation for great customer service, clean bathrooms (including a separate ladies lounge), and a welcome rest area for travelers coming from further away. Its strategic location at the intersection of Main Street (Rt. 17) and Route 14 was a key to its success. The building is a relatively intact example of a ‘Denver’ style Texaco station, and was one of many service stations that lined Gloucester’s Main Street. The property ceased to function as a service station in 1999, but was preserved by its owners, Andrew and Roberta James, until 2010. It was then purchased by the Fairfield Foundation, which restored the building between 2010 and 2018. The Edge Hill Service Station now serves as the Fairfield Foundation’s headquarters, archaeology lab, and outreach center known as the Center for Archaeology, Preservation and Education (the C.A.P.E.). For more information about the former service station and activities of the Fairfield Foundation, please visit www.fairfieldfoundation.org.
The Gloucester Historical Committee is offering this series of ornaments commemorating the historical buildings of the Gloucester. The 24 karat gold overlay ornaments are gift boxed and contain a "Romance Card" narrating the history of the building.
Ornaments are available by mail as noted on the form (PDF). The ornaments, costing $18 on site or $20 by mail, are available at the Gloucester Museum of History, Gloucester Library's Main and Point Branches, Gloucester Visitor's Center, and Gloucester Treasurer's Office. Ornaments are also available at the Gloucester Museum of History are Gloucester County Garden Flags. The durable green 12 inch by 18 inch flags have the County seal appliqued on both sides and may be purchased for $15 payable to "Friends of the Museum."
Books for Sale
Books are available at the Gloucester Museum of History Gift Shop. Please stop by the Museum to purchase a copy of any of the books (PDF) or contact the Museum for the additional shipping and handling costs for mailed book orders.
Cemeteries of Lower Gloucester and More Cemeteries of Gloucester County Virginia
A book by Harry R. Jordan.
These books are available at the Gloucester Museum of History for $40 per copy. Please stop by the Museum to purchase a copy or print out and send in the order form (PDF) to have one mailed to you for $44.
Proceedings of the Gloucester Monument Association
At the unveiling of the monument at Gloucester Court House, Virginia on Wednesday, September 18, 1889.
Reproduced and enhanced in 2004 by the combined efforts of Betty Jean Deal, Director of the Gloucester Museum of History and L. Roane Hunt, Past President of the Gloucester Genealogical Society of Gloucester, VA. The 42 page booklet is $3 plus $1 postage, for a total of $4. Available from:
"Friends of the Museum"
P. O. Box 1176
Gloucester, VA 23061-1176
Please make checks payable to "Friends of the Museum."