This showcase measures almost 10 feet in length. It was first known to be in the Flatwoods Filling Station. Then it was moved to the “Edgetown” Service Station which was owned by C.C. “Pat” Austin in the 1920s. When the bypass was built it was moved to the Route 220 Amoco Station. The push of pennies and nickels across the glass counter made a design of scratches that can be seen on the glass top. Although this makes viewing difficult from the top, it is part of this artifact’s history and story.
Tom Drewry donated it to the Botetourt County Historical Society and Museum many years ago. In the former museum building behind the Botetourt Courthouse, it was prominently featured across from the entrance. When movers were hired to take the large artifacts to the new museum location, this showcase was placed in the back downstairs room. The door to this room was made handicapped accessible by Edward Preston before the movers came. All of the downstairs is handicapped accessible at the new museum location of 26 East Main Street, Fincastle.
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