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The gas station that used to be on Marshall Street

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27 comments

Chris 12/23/2016 at 1:22 PM

Looks like a nice looking and well built establishment.

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Eric Huffstutler 12/24/2016 at 12:32 AM

Nice find

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BAF 12/24/2016 at 12:07 PM

I would love a safe gas station nearby.

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Eric Huffstutler 12/24/2016 at 2:01 PM

The location is not new for a gas station but the building looks to be a 1970s design so, wonder why it was torn down? Something to research. For those who can not place the location, it is the old parking lot now where Josh Bilder is constructing the new apartment complex – business meeting center.

There were several gas stations in Church Hill at one time or another, including one at Pritchard Brothers, on Broad by the church, this one, and others. Gas stations abounded when driving use to be a recreation rather than only a necessity, and had mechanics on duty.

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Bill Hartsock 12/25/2016 at 2:21 PM

When the J. Fuller Bright Foundation donated the money to restore Patrick Henry Park they bought the gas station lot for parking for tourists going to the church. For many years there was a plan to use the garage building for a visitor center for the neighborhood. No money was around at that time.

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Eric Huffstutler 12/25/2016 at 3:37 PM

@5 Bill… The gas station did not look old so, was it closed by the time the foundation bought it? Seems like a shame not to have kept a 20 year old building occupied?

I also heard at one time from Josh Bilder, that the St. John’s church was interested in the old garage being a museum or visitor center, and wanting to put the old original bell to the church on display there. But… is now something else being developed.

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bill 12/25/2016 at 8:39 PM

Harry was the proprietor at the 76 gas station. Harry was a mechanic and he had one other mechanic. they did not sell sodas, snacks. they sold gas and repaired cars/trucks. they did a good job on rebuilding the motor in my 326 lemans ragtop.

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