The Village of Lee Hall
As passenger and freight activity became significant, the
village of Lee Hall began to grow. Numerous services and places
of business sprang up to support the activity generated by the
depot including a schoolhouse, dairy, general store, cafe and
H.M. Clements provided residents with a meat shop, grocery,
dry goods, and other materials, as well as a home to salesmen
renting upstairs apartments. Buildings erected on either side --
a bar, bowling alley and barber shop -- supported his business
and added entertainment. Emma Curtis’ cafe and the tavern
next door fed residents and travelers.
The Simon R. Curtis house served as a home, a small grocery, Warwick County’s treasurer’s office, a post office and hotel.
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The size of the village fostered a close-knit feeling of community. Vada Curtis opened her home as a hostess house and dance hall during World War I to welcome returning soldiers, while Dozier’s farm and dairy provided milk and meat for residents. As the village expanded, a tomato packing plant, pickle factory, Esso station, telephone exchange and D.P. Pender chain store became part of the community.
During the world wars, the depot enjoyed heavy military traffic from nearby Camp Eustis, now Fort Eustis. For Lee Hall residents during World War II, it was commonplace to see prisoners of war in transit to Fort Eustis and other military camps.