G.L. Davis Service Station, Cafe, and Tavern

Known Name(s)

G.L. Davis Service Station, Cafe, and Tavern


Cook's Corner Stormont, VA

Establishment Type(s)

Service Station

Physical Status



Photo of Mrs. Davis at the counter of the G.L. Davis Service Station from an issue of the Baltimore Afro-American, December 5, 1953. Many thanks to Tyler Radabaugh for sharing this photo. Photo of the building courtesy Fairfield Foundation.

Detailed History

Fairfield Foundation's "Hidden Civil Rights Landmarks in Rural Eastern Virginia: A Preliminary Study," submitted to Virginia Humanities in March, 2020 states the following: "We believe this business was located just north of the Midway Auto Repair at 374 Urbanna Road near Saluda. Like Midway Auto, it is abandoned. The structure is concrete block and wood-frame clad in asbestos siding. The structure is a duplex with six bays and a concrete block addition on the rear. The main structure has a side-gable roof clad in standing seam metal, and the addition has a shed roof. The windows are boarded up and not visible. The building and Midway Auto Repair are registered in VCRIS as a single resource, 059-5424. 

The building was demolished in April of 2023.

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