Life IN ESMONT 

In the Spring, pick the poke early while it’s still small to the ground. Wash it real good in salt water ...

SPRING WATER AND GOOD ADVICE

PETE'S ESMONT HISTORY

Sausage Making

​~ as described by Virginia Nelson

​​​​​~ by Nancy Luck

~ by Peggy Purvis Denby

Back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, one had to go down the hill to the spring to get water—water for drinking, cooing, bathing, and washing clothes. Sometimes rain water was caught in a barrel sitting under the roof for washing clothes ...

Country Terms

​~ as recalled by Waltine Eubanks

​​​​~ by Lorraine Paige

The Esmont Ice Pond and House

To dig an outside toilet, you must dig a hole four by four feet wide and six feet deep. The materials needed for this building are a saw, hammer, nails, plywood, shovels, hoe, square, and a mattock ...

Published with permission of Daniel R. Friedman                   

As a young girl, I remembered the Ice Pond and House on my grandfather’s property. The winters in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s were very cold. Thus, the water on the pond would freeze two to three inches thick ...


​​​​​~ by Dorothy Harris

​​​​~ by Ruth Ward

How to cook poke salad

​~ as described by Nancy Wheeler

Cracklins—dried, rendered fat, lard.
Cracklin bread—cornbread made with the cracklins from the lard ...

~  by Maryann MacConochie                

​​​​​~ as told by Anna Agee Nelson              

SPRING WATER AND DIGGING A WELL

The Bus Story

​​​​​~ by Anna Boling

Anna’s Ambulance Service

​​​​​~ Melva Adcock Purvis

ESMONT: MY LIFE ON RED ROW HILL

ESMONT, AS I REMEMBER IT...

​I was born in a little place called Esmont about twenty miles southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. The house where my parents lived at the time of my birth was on property owned by Mrs. Laura Lane...


You start raising the hog ‘til he’s big and fat. Then, in the Fall, you chase him around the yard and catch him ...

We moved to Esmont in the early 1940's from Schuyler, Va.  My parents were Lacy R. Adcock and Grace Rittenhouse Adcock.  My two sisters Janice Adcock Stotler and Kaye Adcock Denby Williams...

Necessities for Country Living

ESMONT Memories

​Growing up in Esmont was a good thing, with lots of people and lots of kids. There were five stores and another temporary one in that small village of 500-600 people which also had a train running through it ... 

THE PLACE WHERE I WAS BORN

​I have 82 years’ experience with Esmont and thousands of wonderful memories. I will share some of these moments with you because there is no way to separate the history of Esmont and Purvis' Store ...   ​

Friends of Esmont Virginia

- by Kathryn Wilkinson Clerico

I was the only one in our section that, you know, didn’t go away to work. I ran the store close by and I had a station wagon. One day, one of the older folks got real sick. No one else was around ...

I was the seventh child of 12 and lived in Esmont most of my life. I had a good childhood. My parents were excellent. I truly loved them. My dad was a deacon, and my mother was a teacher and a preacher ...

Back in the fifties, I believe it was 1954, I boarded a local bus that ran from Charlottesville to Scottsville, Virginia. Laws regarding where we could sit on a bus had recently been passed ... 

​Since the quarry shut down, the town is a ghost of times past, but for those who call it Home, there is certainly life in Esmont ...  

Revitalizing Esmont Virginia

~ by Pete Purvis