A Drive in the Country

This morning I headed off for a drive in the country to use my new camera (Nikon D40X). I was inspired by last night’s meeting of Urban Exploring, so I was looking for run down and abandoned buildings. I drove north across the state line into Virginia to a small town named Virgilina (pop. 159), where I knew there were some old buildings worth photographing.

At one point I stopped in a convenience store, and I was the only one not wearing camouflage. I was in some areas that were so rural, when I got out of my car I heard nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even the town was pretty deserted. I only saw a handful of people. And finally, the train station was really creepy. There were several cars parked around it, including the red Corvair, that seemed okay until you looked closer. The Corvair looked shiny and well taken care of, but it was missing the driver’s side window. The newer cars had old inspection stickers and looked like they had been parked there while. There was lots of stuff stored inside, but I had the sense that at any moment some psycho living inside would jump out at me.


3 Wheeled Tractor, Carrboro, NC


Factory Water Tower, Roxboro, NC


Abandoned Gas Station, Nelson, VA


Abandoned Gas Station, Interior, Nelson, VA


Abandoned Gas Station, Interior, Nelson, VA


Collapsed Storage Barn, Nelson, VA


Small Tobacco Barn, Nelson, VA


Large Tobacco Barn, Virgilina, VA


Large Tobacco Barn, Interior, Virgilina, VA


Cinder Block Building, Virgilina, VA


1964 Chevy Corvair, Virgilina, VA (Thanks for the year, Corey)


Red Corvair outside Abandoned Train Station, Virgilina, VA

(Thanks for the corrections. Could be 1965.)


Abandoned Train Station, Interior, Virgilina, VA

After seeing construction items stored in one room, I came around to this window and saw the chairs and couches, but it was the table that creeped me out. It was birthday table cloth with a collection of black walnuts on it.


Abandoned Building, Virgilina, VA


Abandoned Building, Virgilina, VA


Abandoned Gas Station, Virgilina, VA


Abandoned Gas Station, Interior, Virgilina, VA

6 comments

  1. Let me try this again…

    That red Camaro is unlike any camaro I’ve ever seen. Looks supiciously like the Corvair Corsa…

    1. I am the owner of the railroad depot in Virgilina, VA since 1998. I’m not sure why anyone would get a “creepy” feeling looking at this grand old structure or anything in or around it. I thought I would be retired by now and have the time to restore it to it’s former glory but it just hasn’t quite happened yet. I’m 70 now and still work as an RN but not for very much longer. I have been pecking away at it and if you think it’s creepy now you should have seen it in 1998. The Corvair was a 1965 Corsa, (since sold) and did need a drivers side window but it was replaced probably soon after this pic was taken. If you’re interested in the history of this building contact me. 919-698-6416.

  2. I THINK THE BUILDINGS LABELED TOBACO BARNS ARE NOT, IN FACT, TOBACCO BARNS — AT LEAST THEY WERE NOT CURING BARNS. I THINK THEY WERE FARM OR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS FROM ANOTHER ERA. VIRGILINA USED TO BE A MINING TOWN AND THERE ARE GOLD MINES AND OTHER MINES FOR IMPROTANT METALS IN THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE. iT IS A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE ABANDONED BUILDINGS.

  3. The pictures that labeled tobacco barns are not tobacco barns. I believe I was told that that building was a old hosiery factory in the early 1900’s. The gas station which was Ellixson’s Amoco is in the process of being torn down to be replaced with a Family Dollar. The old cinder block building was as Dr.’s Office that was turned to beauty salon, then a residential home that later burned down in the early 80’s. The other old building was the old American Legion that has been torn down several years ago.
    Maybe you should stop back and see Virgilina today. The town now has a Bed & Breakfast, a Distillery that will soon be selling a family recipe for Corn Liquor, Gatrell’s Bar & Grill, and a couple of business’ in town not counting the Family Dollar that will start building soon. When I was growing up there Virgilina was a town where everyone knew everyone most everyone farmed. It has been a good home place for a lot of people. I don’t currently live there, but I do visit often. Maybe you should head down and see Virgilina on Memorial weekend where there will be a parade, different vendors selling different things, bands playing and several hundred people enjoying what this old town still has to offer.

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