Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In This Place: Pamplin City - Part Three

Appomattox County, Virginia 

Tradition says that in the early 1700s, Indians taught the early settlers to make clay smoking pipes from kaolin, the red clay so abundant in the area.

The manufacture of clay pipes continued to be a key industry in Pamplin until the decline in the popularity of pipe smoking along with adverse economic factors forced the closure of the Pamplin Pipe Factory after the end of World War II. The Pamplin Pipe Factory, once the largest producer of clay pipes in the world, drove the prosperity of the town, and after the loss of this industry, the town began to fade away.


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