“THE HISTORY AND REVITALIZATION OF TOANO”

When was the last time you visited Burnt Ordinary just 10 miles up the road from Colonial Williamsburg?  Oh, wait…wrong century, make that the unincorporated community now called Toano.

Mark your calendar (March 14, 2021 at 2pm) for a historical account of Toano, a Paiute Indian word meaning “high ground.”  This once flourishing area had its own high school and weekly newspaper, general merchandise stores, playhouse theater, three hotels, two banks, drug stores, a canning factory, and two barrel factories.  Toano became the largest shipping point (by rail) of crops, mainly potatoes, between Richmond and Newport News in the early 20th century.

 Our speaker, Jack Wray was born and raised in Toano.  He and his wife Rena founded the Toano Historical Society in 2018.  Jack will explain plans and hopes for reinventing this once thriving village that rivaled Williamsburg in growth, trade and industry. 

Homework assignment:   Please watch the documentary film: Revitalization of Toano on www.toanostation.com prior to March 14, 2021 and Jack Wray’s presentation.

Date:  Sunday, March 14, 2021

Time:  2pm

Place:  Zoom session

RSVP to m55mccue@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

You will be emailed a Zoom meeting link for login around March 8, 2021.

For TVHS Membership information www.TV-HS.org

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