Vintage Postcard – Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia
Published by Edwards Camera Center, Onancock, Va.
Silvercraft – Made by The Dexter Press, Pearl River, N.Y.
This lovely vintage card was mailed with a green one-cent George Washington stamp from Tasley Virginia on June 27, 1947. It was mailed to Mr. Ernest Graves, RFD #2, Amherst Mass. It reads:
Have had a grand trip so far – and we are both feeling good in spite of the 400 miles we traveled. This is a nice place and cottage with all conveniences. We could have made it in one day but didn’t want to rush.
Love Freddie and Elizabeth
Whispering Pines Motel-Hotel
Perfectly appointed Motel or Hotel accommodations. AIR-CONDITIONING – Television – A Spacious Dining Room and Soda Fountain.
Ocean Hiway – U.S. #13
Phone: 707 – SUnset 7-1300
Hannau Color Productions, 475 5th Avenue, N.Y.
Color Masters INC
This Koppel card features the AAA logo and was mailed with a purple four-cent Lincoln stamp from Accomac September 11, 1964 to Mrs. R.M. Milligan, 312 W Britannia St, Tarenton, Mass. It reads:
Good trip so far –
Over 500 miles today
Will write Sun or Mon.
Roy is Roy M Milligan, writing to his wife, Naomi B Milligan. The home at the address on Britannia Street still stands, according to Google Street View:
I didn’t find any details on the Ernest Graves, Freddie or Elizabeth, and not very much at all on the Milligans. I was especially interested in Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia after reading American Fire by Monica Hesse.
It was a really interesting book, and made me want to look more into the area. If you’re looking for a fast read, you might want to check it out. Anyhow, the Whispering Pines was something in its day. Advertised in newspapers like the Wilmington Delaware Morning News (12/11/1947):
Or the same paper on December 9, 1954:
Or later, in the Salisbury Maryland Daily Times (10/29/1995):
This website has motel construction as 1932 by Charles F. Russell, and held and run by the family until it was sold in 1972 (Charles passed in 1963). It was sold at auction in 2012 for $28,000.