The Peninsula Tractor Organization started taking its first steps on an exciting new project, renovation of the old Northampton Lumber Company Sawmill in Nassawadox, Virginia. In the future the Organization hopes to utilize the sawmill as a home base as well as housing the first museum in the area devoted to the rich agricultural heritage that made the Eastern Shore what it is today.
About The Sawmill
The Sawmill’s beginnings date back to around 1887 when John W. Chandler, John C. Walker and Barton D. Holland came together to incorporate a business which they called Northampton Lumber Company. The company continued to go and prosper during the early part of the 20th century while producing lumber and barrels for shipping potatoes to the surrounding area.
The Sawmill closed in 1957, but the building supply store which bears name is still in operation today and is the oldest building supply store on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It continues to contribute the economy of the Town of Nassawadox.
The Sawmill is part of the Northampton Lumber Company Historic District located in Nasswadox, Virginia. It along with the building supply store that bears its name and several other buildings of significance were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
The Sawmill In The Future
The Peninsula Tractor Organization will be leasing the Sawmill from the Town of Nassawadox and using it as the Organization’s home base. In the near future, they will begin to establish an agricultural museum at the mill and restoring the sawmill to a working condition. Exhibits of antique agricultural equipment will be available for the public to tour and enjoy.
Later, it is hoped that the Sawmill will be a hosting place for antique tractor shows, auctions and other community based events …the possibilities are unlimited.
The Peninsula Tractor Organization would like to take this time to thank the Town of Nassawadox, Virginia for its very generous donation of a fence around the property and John Marshall and Marshall’s Tree Service for donating his time and equipment to clean up the overgrowth of vines. The Organization is looking forward to being a part of this community in the future.