Calloway Store

by Ashlee Glen Photo
by Ashlee Glen Photo

The ‘Old Store’ at 1301–1303 Pierce Street

In 1877 William J. Calloway purchased the land formerly occupied by Confederate Camp Davis from William and Fannie Ford. Calloway built a neighborhood general store with living quarters for his wife, Rebecca Pride Calloway, and himself. The owners of the store and occupants of the apartments have changed through the ensuing 150 years.
The store was one of the first black-owned-and-operated neighborhood grocery stores in Lynchburg.

Names of the store and historical timeline:

1877 Calloway Store

1900 Calloway and Spencer, “Dealers in Plain and Fancy
Groceries, Country Produce, Tobacco and Cigars”

1907 William Jacob Calloway died and deeded the property to his business partners, Edward and Warwick Spencer.

1912 Spencer’s Grocery

1940 Hamilton’s Cash Store

1968 Pierce Street Grocery Store

1982 “Old Store” was purchased by Chauncey E. Spencer Sr. from his cousin Robert Crisp, the grandson of Warwick Spencer Jr. Chauncey stabilized the building and drafted architectural plans.

2009 Shaun Spencer-Hester, the daughter of Chauncey E. Spencer Sr., began work to re-stabilize and restore the “Old Store,” which had been condemned.

2018 “Old Store” sold by Chauncey’s wife, Anne (Anna Mae Spencer), to Pierce Street Gateway.

2021  Pierce Street Gateway in collaboration with Team Big Hearts of Leadership Lynchburg 45 opened the Pierce Street Community Garden

All photos by Ashlee Glen Photo