OUR MISSION

Since 2012, FOWNS has taken on the mission to ensure the Ware Neck Store and Post Office not only survives, but also thrives, for future generations by preserving the building and maintaining a strong presence in Ware Neck though outreach, education and community activities. FOWNS leases the first floor of the building to Nuttall Store and the U. S. Post Office.

ABOUT

The history of the Ware Neck Store and Post Office began in 1876 when the heirs of J. H. Tabb sold a nine-acre portion of his Back Creek Estate to Arthur W. Tabb. Built in 1877, the building is a significant historical resource of Gloucester County, Virginia and was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. Its location at a key intersection of roads in Ware Neck and its close proximity to the old public Hockley Wharf on the Ware River has enabled the Ware Neck Store and Post Office to survive for the last 140 years even as the community and commerce transitioned from the waterways to the highways.

Original Arthur Tabb Store, circa 1877

In October 1946, 3.5 acres was sold to E. Rudolph Nuttall. ‘Rudy’ Nuttall operated the store for more than 50 years, maintaining its essential function as a neighborhood store and gathering place. The tenure of Rudy Nuttall at the store is fondly remembered by many local citizens, as this was one of main community gathering areas within Ware Neck.

After Rudy retired and the business passed through two subsequent owners, a group of visionary residents led by Bill Perrin spearheaded a project aimed at preserving and maintaining the building. A group of approximately 25 investors purchased the store and the building in 2007. In 2011, Friends of the Ware Neck Store (FOWNS), a 501C3 charitable organization, acquired the historic building. Rather than converting it into a museum filled with relics of the past, donors envisioned an active store and post office that would continue to serve the community. The building required extensive renovations and repairs, among which was a new HVAC system, septic, and backup generator; expensive but necessary to keep the building viable

Since 2012, FOWNS has taken on the mission to ensure the Ware Neck Store and Post Office not only survives, but also thrives, for future generations by preserving the building and maintaining a strong presence in Ware Neck though outreach, education and community activities. FOWNS leases the first floor of the building to Nuttall Store and the U. S. Post Office.

For more history on Nuttall’s Store and FOWNS, click here, or visit Nuttall’s website

Contact

EMAIL: friends@fowns.org

CALL: 804.384.0710

Physical Address
6495 Ware Neck Road
Ware Neck, VA 23061

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 154
Ware Neck, VA 23178